The Constitution’s commerce clause prohibits Tennessee from imposing a residency requirement on applicants seeking retail licenses to sell alcoholic beverages, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a case affecting the locations and types of alcohol available to consumers.

In Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito Jr., writing for a 7-2 majority, said, “Because Tennessee’s two-year residency requirement for retail license applicants blatantly favors the state’s residents and has little relationship to public health and safety, it is unconstitutional.”

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