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Petition Launched To Get 'Wine In Stores' On November Ballot

Petition Launched To Get 'Wine In Stores' On November Ballot

CREATED Jun 10, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

Red White and Food, which is led by the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association, lobbied for the change to state law that previously only allowed wine to be sold in liquor stores. Now, the group is trying to collect enough signatures in 156 communities to get the measure on the ballot.

The goal is to collect enough signatures to get a referendum on the issue sooner. Petitions must be completed and approved by August 21 to move the issue to the November 4th ballot. 

If voters approve the referendum on Election Day, wine could be in Nashville grocery stores by July 1, 2016. 

Only communities that currently allow package stores or liquor by the drink are eligible to hold votes.

(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)