Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SCOTUS ruling might affect direct wine/cig sales

Seems like this might allow direct sales of wine in TN? Also, could have ramifications for our TN cig tax?


In a unanimous decision, the court said Maine cannot impose a regulatory scheme on transportation companies delivering tobacco products directly to consumers. The justices said federal transportation law blocks the states from doing so.

The ruling could provide the impetus for the transportation industry to get out from under state laws regulating cigarette deliveries in the Internet age.

''Despite the importance of the public health objective, we cannot agree'' with Maine's approach, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote.