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TABC PRESS RELEASE: WINE IS THE ONLY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE THAT CAN BE LEGALLY SHIPPED DIRECT TO CONSUMERS IN TENNESSEE

In a press release dated January 7, 2020, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) disclosed the identities of seven out-of-state businesses, who combined for approximately 1000 illegal direct-to-consumers shipments of alcohol (not wine) in Tennessee, were permanently ordered to cease and desist shipping product into Tennessee.  The press release makes it clear that only wine, …

TENNESSEE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION ISSUES UPDATE PERTAINING TO DIRECT SHIPPING OF ALCOHOL AND FEDERAL REAL ID ACT

In December of 2019, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued the following update, providing information on topics from direct shipping of alcohol to the Federal REAL ID Act.  The message was circulated to industry members and those signed up to receive TABC correspondence.  We appreciate and value these updates and the TABC’s efforts to periodically …

TENNESSEE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION CRACKS DOWN

A consumer can go online and order a bottle of Jack Daniel’s from a wide selection of online retailers, but that doesn’t make it lawful here in Tennessee.  Direct to consumer shipping of spirits is prohibited in Tennessee.  Below see a letter from earlier this year from then Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission director, Clay Byrd, …

TTB Reminds Of Federal Excise Return Smart Form

In its newsletter of November 1, 2019, the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) reminds of the existence of its “smart form” for the filing of federal excise tax returns.  With so many new manufacturers entering the marketplace, what is an old hat to those industry members that have been around since …

DEA ISSUES NOTICE AFFIRMING INDUSTRIAL HEMP AS LEGAL AND EXPANDING MARIJUANA RESEARCH

On Monday, August 26, 2019, federal drug authorities, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced that it is moving forward to facilitate and expand scientific and medical research for marijuana in the United States.  According to the DEA’s notice, over the last two years, the total number of individuals registered by DEA to conduct research with …

Q&A WITH U.S. HEMP INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, JOY BECKERMAN

I am a proud member of the U.S. Hemp Industry Association (HIA) and Tennessee Hemp Industry Association (TNHIA).  On August 22, 2019, Hemp Industry Daily, an online publication covering all matters cannabis, published a fantastic Q&A with HIA President, Joy Beckerman, which can be found here.  Joy comments on the fast-paced growth and current health of …

TENNESSEE ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT REPORT – AUGUST 2019

At the August 29, 2019 meeting of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”), Law Enforcement Chief Bond Tubbs provided a report of TABC enforcement activity over the last month.  As the statistics show, nearly all of the citations were for violations that are easily preventable.  We often feel like a broken record skipping to the …

OBTAINING AN ALCOHOL SERVER PERMIT IN TENNESSEE

Are you an employer looking to provide guidance to your employees regarding alcohol server training and the obtaining of a server permit?  Recently been hired and need to obtain your alcohol server permit?  Here is what you need to know: The server must be at least 18 years of age and must take a Tennessee …

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ISSUES GUIDANCE REGARDING MAILING OF CBD/HEMP

Travis D. Hayes III, a USPS business program specialist, wrote in a USPS advisory opinion of March 4, 2019, titled the “Acceptance Criteria for Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and Products Containing CBD” that the Postal Service has received an increasing number of requests to transport CBD oil and products containing CBD in Postal Service networks.  The …

TSA’S APPROVAL OF CBD PRODUCTS TAKES FLIGHT

Flying across the country for work or play and don’t want to leave your CBD oil at home?  Nervous about checking or passing through security with your CBD product(s)?  Be nervous no more.  On May 27, 2019, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a change of its policy relating to CBD and other hemp-derived products.  …