A federal appellate court has upheld a Missouri Prohibition-era law that requires residency for alcohol wholesalers.
Miami-based South Wine & Spirits challenged the law arguing it amounted to economic protectionism by the state.
Missouri has a three-tiered system that requires wholesalers based in the state serve as the distributors from those that make beer and alcohol to the retailers that sell it.
Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.
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