Wine in Grocery Stores: Could Tennessee’s Law Change?

16 August 2012 Categories: All Blogs

News Channel 5 is reporting on a ruling out of a federal court in Kentucky stating that Kentucky’s law that doesn’t allow wine and liquor in grocery stores and gas stations is unconstitutional (click here for report). Supporters of wine in grocery stores here in Tennessee see it as a major victory, while opponents say the Tennessee laws are better written to prevent a constitutional challenge.

If you are interested, you can read all the laws in Tennessee at http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/. Title 57 addresses intoxicating liquors, and you can read about the requirements for licenses and the different types of licenses. The laws also create the Alcohol Beverage Commission and list the powers and duties of it.

We’ll keep following the story and see if the ruling gets appealed. As Tennessee and Kentucky are both in the 6th Circuit for federal courts, any decisions could help to pave the way for constitutional challenges here in Tennessee.

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