WASHINGTON, D.C., 06/20/2023 – This week, family-owned wine and spirits distributors from across the country who make up WSWA’s membership will meet with their Members of Congress to promote nearly a century of safe, effective, and successful alcohol regulation in the U.S. marketplace. A unique point of focus this year, the country’s only association dedicated to the interests and independence of wine and spirits distributors is largely concentrated on the responsible federal regulation of adult-use cannabis.
“As the unified voice for America’s wine and spirits wholesalers, Fly-In enables our members to share with members of Congress the 90 years of successful wine and spirits distribution, how that positively contributes to job growth and commerce, and what we know about helping them to establish a safe and well-regulated cannabis marketplace,” said WSWA CEO and President Francis Creighton.
Earlier this year, WSWA released a federal regulatory framework for cannabis legalization drawing on long-established federal laws governing the alcohol industry. With an emphasis on public safety and accountability, this system will provide a transparent and effective framework for adult-use cannabis production, testing, distribution, and tax collection.
Wine and spirits wholesalers employ more than 86,000 Americans across every state and congressional district who earn a collective $7.8 billion in annual wages as part of an industry that generates more than $40 billion in tax revenue each year. To learn about the economic impact of wine and spirits wholesalers nationally, or by state, congressional district, state senate district, or state house district, click here.
About Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
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 United States.