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    Beer Distributors Glad Costco Drops Fight Against Stand State-Based Alcohol Regs

    The warehouse club's decision lets stand a court ruling that affirms the right of states to regulate alcohol.

    he National Beer Wholesalers Association yesterday praised a decision by Costco Wholesale Corp. not to seek certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court that would have further challenged the effective state-based alcohol regulation in Washington State.

    The decision lets stand the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that affirms the right of states to regulate alcohol consistent with the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, NBWA said.
     
    "Alcohol is different from other products available to consumers, and it should be regulated differently," said NBWA president Craig Purser.

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