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Massachusetts Measure Would Allow Shipments of Wine to Consumers

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Massachusetts lawmakers are backing a measure that would allow winemakers to ship their products directly to the state's consumers. Massachusetts lawmakers are backing a measure that would allow winemakers to ship their products directly to the state's consumers.
   
BOSTON, MA - Massachusetts lawmakers are backing a measure that would allow winemakers to ship their products directly to the state's consumers.
    
The House proposal was added as an amendment to the state's $36.2 billion state budget for the July 1 fiscal year.
    
Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who operates a winery in Washington state, came to the Statehouse last year to urge passage of a similar bill. Bledsoe said the state's ban on direct shipments made it nearly impossible to sell his wine in Massachusetts.
    
The state is one of about a dozen that bans or restricts direct wine shipments to consumers.
    
The measure would require wineries to purchase a shipping license and bar delivery to anyone under the age of 21.
    
It must also pass the Senate.
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