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No. Colman explained it best. In terms of commerce, each state operates more or less like a country, tightly regulating trade and protecting local business. This is why California and New York are two of the very few states that allow wine to be sent through the mail, since both states are known for producing wine.
by Upstate NY on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 02:21:51 PM EST
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I may be being thick again, but how does it get through the intervening states?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 02:24:01 PM EST
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You mean the wine?

Well, at this point, it doesn't. Only states like Cali and NY can trade with one another.

If you mean literally how does it get from point A to point B, it either goes through courier (UPS, DHL, Fedex) or the federal mail system (USPS). 99% of the time, the Feds have no idea what they're carrying (you have to declare the category of goods for UPS, Fedex) which is why mail fraud laws exist. So, if someone bothers to open up your package to see what's inside, you're good if it's going from NY to Cali. If it's not, you may be in trouble.

To answer your question, 99.99% of mail arrives at its destination regardless of its contents. Only mail that is opened by suspicious Feds and confiscated (or, in Kurtz's case, they found records) doesn't reach its destination. Intervening states never bother to check, which is why most mail fraud laws are broken repeatedly, and rarely if ever prosecuted.

by Upstate NY on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 02:40:32 PM EST
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No I'm saying fine you can trade between NY and California, but unless you go round or over, you have to pass through several intervening states, how come thir laws don't interfere?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 02:46:42 PM EST
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Well, most of the mail does go through the air.

But, for one, the post office is not in the habit of opening up mailed packages. If it were, I'm sure there would be findings of many violations of mail fraud law.

Two, only the destination matters. If it's sent from Cali and the postmark is NY, then those are the only jurisdictions involved.

by Upstate NY on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 03:51:59 PM EST
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So levitating wine doesn't count, but if it touches the ground someone is in big trouble?

Does the law also apply to pigs?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 20th, 2007 at 07:06:42 AM EST
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