Stopteendrinkingtn.org is one of our opponents in this debate. The org’s website presents visitors with the following information as part of an online petition.
• Wine in Grocery Stores – This bill would put wine on the shelves of 6,000 grocery stores and big box stores across the state – and right in the line of sight of any teenager entering their doors. Currently, only 525 retail alcohol establishments are licensed to sell wine in Tennessee.
Because Red White and Food just revealed its legislative strategy on Wednesday, we’ll cut stopteendrinkingtn.org a break and give them the opportunity to correct their facts.
The legislation recommended by the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association would limit sales to municipalities where citizens have voted for retail package sales. Not every grocery and convenience store in Tennessee would be allowed to sell wine. Here is the map:
Stopteendrinkingtn.org conveniently fails to mention the Responsible Vendor Law and mandatory carding that the grocer and convenience store industry advocated. Retail food stores would extend mandatory carding to anyone purchasing wine if this legislation passes.
What people consider facts at one time can change as more information becomes available. It’s time for stopteendrinkingtn.org to now get its facts correct.
BTW, the Specialty Wine Retailers Association is not too happy with stopteendrinkingtn.org.