Lauren Ruhland, MCPP science editor and 2008 summer intern
Michigan’s current law prohibiting out-of-state vinyards from shipping wine directly to consumers fell afoul of the state Supreme Court, which ruled in September that the law is unconstitutional because it discriminated between Michigan and non-Michigan wineries. How did your lawmakers respond? Not by opening up the market and letting consumers choose between a wide range of grape-derived alcoholic beverages. Instead, they’ve drafted a bill to prohibit all wine deliveries, whether the vendor is within or outside Michigan. It’s expected to reach the floor just in time for the holiday season.