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Md.'s wine shipment laws create smuggling routes from D.C. and Va.

• Washington Post

To find that rare California cabernet or New York Riesling, wine aficionados in the Maryland suburbs of Washington are routinely, and in many cases unknowingly, breaking state law to get around rules that restrict residents from having wine shipped to their homes.

Lawyers, government consultants, high-tech workers and even members of the General Assembly - all typically law-abiding residents - have developed an indirect route for smuggling their favorite vino.

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Comment by PureTrust
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Stuff like this is so "funny."

We are supposed to be living in a free country. We individually. So, why is it that a few jokers in Government offices, under the pressure of a handful of lobbyists, can make laws that prohibit the vast majority of us from living freely?

The laws cannot be aimed at taking our freedoms away. Any law that is so aimed is not a law at all. It is against the law... against the very nature of our Constitutions. If it is lawful, it can only be lawful in the exact wording and context in which it was made, applying to virtually only one situation.

If people find loopholes to get around a law (or through it), these things are NOT REALLY LOOPHOLES. It is the law that is the loophole, a loophole through freedom, against freedom, to take away freedom, freedom that has been guaranteed by constitutions, Maxims of law, and the documents that gave the constitutions their authority in the first place.