New Mexico Senate Bill 445 was signed by Governor Martinez earlier this month making New Mexico a permit state, as opposed to a reciprocal state, for winery direct shipping purposes. New Mexico was the last remaining reciprocal state and the change brings the state into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Granholm v. Heald ruling in 2005. The law becomes effective on July 1, 2011. The new law only applies to wineries, not retailers. It allows them to ship up to two nine-liter cases of wine per month to a New Mexico consumer, provided the winery has the required shipping permit. The permit will have an annual fee of $50 and be valid from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
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