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PROVIDENCE â€“ Thanks to the efforts of a local representative, Rhode Island vineyards and microbreweries may be given the opportunity to sell their products on their farms or at the local farmersâ€™ market.
Representative Jared R. Nunes (D-Coventry, West Warwick) re-introduced legislation last month that would amend Rhode Island law that currently requires the sale of alcohol through a liquor store license. If passed, the legislation creates the opportunity for small businesses or individuals to obtain a farmer-brewery license.
â€śItâ€™s very difficult for small breweries to get started under current law,â€ť said Nunes.
Massachusetts passed a similar law in 2010, he said, and some breweries out in Cape Cod or Westport have been very successful with their sales.
â€śIt gives them an outlet to sell their own product,â€ť he added.
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