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Tennessee Sunday Wine & Liquor Sales Immediately Effective

On April 20, 2018, Governor Haslam signed into law the “Seven Day Sales Legislation” (SB2518/HB1540).  As a result, many of the new law’s provisions became immediately effective.  Please see the information below from Zach Blair, Assistant Director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, for a summary of the provisions of the bill.   Retail Package …

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Sunday Sales of Wine and Spirits Passes in Tennessee

On April 11, 2018, legislation providing for wine and spirits to be sold on Sunday (“Sunday Sales”)(SB2518/HB1540) passed the Tennessee Senate, albeit narrowly.  The bill is now on its way to Governor’s desk for review and signing.  Once the bill becomes law, retail package stores will be able to begin immediately selling on Sundays, but …

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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) Unveils Online Application Filing System  

  IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MEMBERS    The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has unveiled its mandatory, online application filing system (the “Regulatory Licensing and Permitting System” or “RLPS”) which applies to all new applications and any renewals after April 1, 2018.  This online based system must be used by all industry members …

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Tennessee Marijuana Law and the Sessions Memorandum

Tennessee Marijuana Law and the Jeff Sessions Memorandum On Thursday, January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed a series of Obama-era policies which had relaxed the federal prosecutorial stance towards marijuana-friendly laws enacted in the individual states.  One well known such policy, the “Cole Memorandum” (named after its author, then deputy attorney general, Jim …

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New Tennessee Alcohol Rules 

  During its meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the TABC voted to approve “Version B” of the draft rules proposed by the TABC staff.  The Staff has worked extremely hard and considered input from all industry members in order to propose a new set of rules.  The new rules provide some new rights and …

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TABC Clarifies Definition of “Wine” in Tennessee

There can be no doubt that our Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) and staff have been hard at work since the 2016 rollout of Tennessee’s Wine in Grocery Stores (“WIGS”) legislation which was Tennessee’s largest revision of state alcoholic beverage laws since Prohibition.  TABC Director Clay Byrd, Assistant Director Zach Blair, and the rest of …

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The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) Publishes “Frequently Asked Questions”

The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has published a Frequently Asked Questions document on its website which is helpful for industry members and licensees of all industry types. Director Clayton Byrd, Assistant Director Zack Blair, Staff Attorneys Josh Stepp and Keith Hollingshead-Cook, and the rest of the staff have been working hard to update the TABC’s …

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Tennessee Cannabis Industry Spotlight PT 1

Over the last two years the state of the cannabis industry in Tennessee has been rapidly evolving.  In the early twentieth century, cannabis was outlawed at both the state and federal level by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which eventually led to the enacting of the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s. The Tennessee …

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