December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

Federal Key Issue - Postal Reform

As Congress seeks to make the United States Postal Service (USPS) solvent, it is imperative that individual state laws concerning the direct to consumer shipping of wine, beer and spirits are respected. The 21st Amendment gives states the primary authority to regulate the sale and distribution of beverage alcohol. To date, House postal reform efforts have not included any language that would affect the alcohol industry, the Senate versions would permit the USPS to deliver beer, wine, and spirits with vague attempts to ensure that the laws of both where the product originates and where the product is be shipped are abided.

WSWA is adamantly opposed to permitting direct shipment via the USPS.