To be honest… I don’t care why it is illegal. However, the reason is because the Federal Government makes a ton of money on taxes from booze. To allow the average Joe Moonshiner to make his own would be to remove a major por
tion of Federal income.
However, this reasoning leaves a lot to be desired from a government who promotes a land of the free and a home of the brave. While there are tons of brave men and women serving overseas and here at home, “the land of the free” has a little explaining to do. If I am so “free” why can’t I make a few gallons of hooch for my own consumption?
The State of Missouri had the same question. So they legalized the distillation of alcohol for personal consumption up to 100 gallons a year per adult in a household, with a maximum of 200 gallons per household. (Uhhhh… that’s a crap ton of shine!!!)
Here is my beef. People all over the country are distilling their own alcohol illegally. Why not add a little regulation on the federal level and give people permits for up to 100 gallons? Heck… 50 gallons would suffice! A yearly $50 permit to cover the loss from those who would be distilling, and all is well. Actually, for those who are already distilling, they are not paying any taxes to the Feds for alcohol so this would actually give the Feds a bump in income!
So I say all that to say this… CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN! Email him and let him know what you are wanting to see done. Have them look into the MO state laws for a sample of what a law like this could look like. I live in Colorado, and apparently we have no problem over-riding Federal laws as we have legalized marijuana. There is no need for people to have to be doing this secretly. This is an American Heritage that is dying due to the legality of it all.
(Ok… I’m done ranting… for now)