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Nashville Beer Board Now Requiring….

In 2018, Director McDonough and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Beer Board (“Beer Board”) rolled out its online, electronic system for the filing of applications and the payment of annual privilege tax.  As part of Nashville’s “ePermits” system, the database provides for integration into other Metro departments and is proving to be …

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FEDERAL ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MEMBERS

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FEDERAL ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MEMBERS RE: FEDERAL SHUTDOWN AND REOPENING As many know, the federal government reopened on Monday of last week.  To say that we have been busy communicating with the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) on behalf …

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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Announces New Director

During its January 31, 2019 meeting, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced that local attorney Russell F. Thomas will be serving as the agency’s new director.  Director Thomas’s first day on the job will be Monday, February 4, 2019.  I had the pleasure of visiting with Director Thomas after yesterday’s meeting and very much look …

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Government shutdown delays local brewpub opening

I enjoyed being interviewed by the Nashville Post last week and contributing to their story about the impact of the federal shutdown on local businesses.  Please see the full article copy below. The effort to open a brewpub just east of downtown has hit a snag — the result, in large part, of the federal …

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Hemp Legalization Nears Finish Line With Congress Approving 2018 Farm Bill

On December 12th, 2018, the U.S. House and Senate approved the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes provisions that legalize on a federal level the production of hemp (and all cannabinoids derived from it, such as CBD).  The next and final required step is the signature of POTUS. Below is a fantastic summary of the news …

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Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Searches for New Director

At the September 27, 2018, meeting of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”), Director Clay Byrd announced that he would be stepping down as Director, effective October 10, 2018.  Director Byrd shared with the Commission and all present his very mixed feelings about his departure.  With the implementation of wine in grocery stores, the rollout …

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Tennessee Department of Health Issues Cannabis Health Advisory Memo

On September 27, 2018, in what is most certainly a response to the growing cannabis CBD industry in Tennessee and the growing national market for recreational and medical cannabis, the Tennessee Department of Health along with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, and the …

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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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