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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.

WSWA Launches New, Information-Rich State Law Database

Online Resource Offers Details on Common Beverage Alcohol Issues Covering 6,000 Data Points Across 50 States and D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The trade association representing American family-owned beverage alcohol distributors has launched a new online database to assist industry attorneys and executives in all three tiers obtain detailed, up-to-date information on laws in each state and the District of Columbia.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) State Law Database provides searchable information across 6,000 data points, covering key topics such as consumer tasting requirements, advertising specialties, direct sales, shipping, and more. 

The State Law Database, available at is mobile-friendly and also includes a custom search feature where users can work with the WSWA Legal and Regulatory Affairs staff to shape and execute detailed, custom-created searches on any relevant topic or series of issues.

“Whether searching for an obscure rule or a common beverage law matter in a particular state, the WSWA State Law Database is a one-stop resource that is regularly updated and covers the entire industry and entire nation,” WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said.

“The WSWA State Law Database will be especially valuable for compliance, regulatory, legal and sales professionals as well as a host of external consultants and attorneys representing suppliers, distributors and retailers,” Wolf added.

The State Law Database is available free to WSWA members and on a fee-for-service basis for non-members.  To obtain additional information, interested parties can contact WSWA’s Jake Hegeman, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs or Reid Teschner, Manager, State and Regulatory Affairs.

WSWA is the national trade association representing the distribution tier of the wine and spirits industry, dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of distributors and brokers of wine and spirits.  Founded in 1943, WSWA has more than 380 member companies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and its members distribute more than 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the U.S.  Visit to learn more.


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