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New law for online purchase of Kosher wine to come up in Maryland

DBR Staff Writer Published 03 January 2013

Maryland lawmaker Del Sam Arora, D-Silver Spring is drafting a bill in the state court that will allow locals to buy kosher wine directly from stores outside the state and from online retailers like kosherwine.com.

In 2011, the Maryland government imposed a ban on direct purchases and allowed locals to buy Israel and France made kosher wines online from wineries or stores in the state and with quantity not more than one gallon of wine.

Maryland government and community relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington director Karen Barall told The Examiner that in areas near Baltimore and the District, the Jewish population is more and their rituals like Passover asks every person to have four glasses of wine, which makes stocking the wine difficult for locals.

Maryland Wineries Association executive director Kevin Atticks was quoted by the website as saying that they receive many questions from locals regarding wineries producing and stores selling kosher wines in Maryland and therefore would support the law.

"They are looking for many, many expansions of the current law," he added.