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CANNABIS

What happens when you mix cannabis and alcohol?: It’s only natural to take a soothing drink after imbibing a bit of cannabis. Especially when such imbibing involves some kind of smoke. And let’s be honest – nothing cools off a palate better than a cold beer, a chilled glass of wine or some other iced alcoholic drink. Yet this poses a question: What effect, either short or long term, does mixing cannabis with alcohol have on your body?

What’s The Difference Between Marijuana Legalization And Decriminalization?: When a state legalizes marijuana, what it’s really doing is eliminating the laws it has associated with the possession and personal use of cannabis. It means people (typically adults 21 and older) can no longer be punished by the county, city or state for most marijuana-related offenses. Decriminalization, however, is a different beast. These laws basically allow low-level marijuana offenders to escape jail and criminal charges. The rules are just a little less restrictive than in a full-blown prohibition regime and there is no retail market.


STATE & LOCAL

ARIZONA: Bill Would Eliminate Production Caps on Self Distribution: A state bill in Arizona seeks to spur the local wine industry by removing annual production caps imposed on wineries that self-distribute. Current state law does not allow wineries that produce more than 20,000 gallons of wine a year to sell wine directly to a retailer or a restaurant. If approved, House Bill 2876 would eliminate the 20,000- gallon cap and still allow self-distribution.

CONNECTICUT: Self-serve alcohol bill passes committee: A bill that would allow self-pour technology in places restaurants, bars, craft breweries, passed committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 254 would legalize certain liquor permit-holders to use “a self-pour automated system that, 4 upon activation of a payment card by the permittee, may be operated to 5 dispense beer, cider” and wine. The cider would need to be six percent alcohol by volume or lower, according to the bill.

CONNECTICUT: Educational campaign to properly dispose nips to be launched: Connecticut’s wine and spirits industry has joined forces with environmentalists to reduce litter, especially mini bottles of wine and spirits known as nips. The anti-litter partnership, known as Three Tiers for Connecticut, plans to launch the retail portion of its “Don’t Trash Connecticut – Nip it in the Bin!” campaign on Tuesday. The campaign will focus on signage at retail locations, urging consumers to properly dispose of the bottles.

GEORGIA: Home delivery of beer, wine approved by Georgia House: The Georgia House approved a bill Tuesday that allows beer and wine to be delivered to your door. Better make sure you’re home, though, if House Bill 879 goes into law. The bill requires someone at least 21 years old to be home to accept the package and provide proof of age. The bill would allow beer and wine to be delivered from grocery stores and convenience stores directly to customers. Third-party apps like Drizly and Minibar, which get the customer’s preferred beverages from local stores and deliver them, would also be allowed under the legislation. Liquor stores are not included in the bill, so Georgians would still be unable to get a bottle of vodka or bourbon sent to their home.

IDAHO: Bill that would siphon money from wine commission dies: A bill that would have resulted in the Idaho Wine Commission’s annual budget being cut by more than a third has failed. The bill would have taken about $140,000 out of the IWC budget, which is currently $416,000.

INDIANA: Big liquor chain sues Indiana for denying permit for Nora superstore: Just days after getting turned down for a liquor permit, a huge Maryland-based liquor retailer is suing the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, saying the denial was unconstitutional and amounted to economic protectionism. Indiana Fine Wine & Spirits LLC, an affiliate of national retailer Total Wine & More, filed a complaint March 6 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, saying the state’s ruling violated the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.

KENTUCKY: Ky. Lawmakers Advance Bill Allowing Wine To Be Shipped To Your House: Under a bill that passed out of a committee in the state Senate on Tuesday, out-of-state wineries that get a Kentucky license would be able to ship up to two dozen 9-liter cases to Kentucky customers each year.

KENTUCKY: Bill to allow shipment of alcohol to your door passes through House committee: Kentuckians could soon get alcohol shipped to their home from in and out of state producers under a bill passed by the House Licensing and Occupations Committee Wednesday. House Bill 415, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, would allow producers to ship wine, spirits, and beer to consumers.

MAINE: SoPo grappling with public alcohol policy: A majority of city councilors said they would support a rule allowing alcohol at one-time special events, but Mayor Kate Lewis and Councilor April Caricchio said they are philosophically opposed to serving alcohol in city-owned parks.

MICHIGAN: Bill seeks to allow direct-consumer shipping from out-of-state wine retailers: Wine drinkers could open their front door to a broader selection of products if a bipartisan bill allowing out-of-state retailers to ship directly to consumers becomes law. Currently, Michiganders can only order wine to their home from in- and out-of-state wineries. Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, introduced House Bill 5579, joining forces with Sen. Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak, who filed companion legislation.

MINNESOTA: Spirit industry leaders push for change to MN microdistillery laws: Microdistilleries across Minnesota are facing a challenge that dates back to the prohibition era. A state law limits the number of bottles sold out of the cocktail room and size of the bottle. Local distillery owners say the restrictions cap production and growth.

NORTH CAROLINA: State ABC Commission moves forward on rule for spirits tastings: Spirits tastings in N.C. ABC stores have gone on without complaint or problem since September, when lawmakers amended state rules governing liquor. Some 50 boards — 140 or so stores — around the state have allowed tastings, with about 600 more scheduled, said A.D. “Zander” Guy, Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission chairman.

NORTH CAROLINA: Cherokee passes Brunch Bill: Nearly three years after the state legislature passed a bill allowing local governments to approve Sunday morning alcohol sales, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has passed its own version of what’s known as the Brunch Bill.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Voters share opinions ahead of Pine Ridge Reservation’s referendum on marijuana, alcohol: Economic development, health, public safety, and traditional values are on the minds of voters ahead of the Pine Ridge Reservation’s referendum on marijuana and alcohol in casinos. Enrolled members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who live on the reservation will vote Tuesday on whether to legalize three separate issues: recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, and the sale and consumption of alcohol at Prairie Wind Casino near Oglala and East Wind Casino near Martin.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Tribe set to vote on legalizing marijuana: Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in an initiative that many hope will bring economic development to one of the most impoverished areas in the country.

UTAH: The Utah State Legislature has approved ‘wine of the month’ clubs (and some light bootlegging): A bill that allows wine subscriptions has passed the Utah State Legislature. The Senate gave final approval to Rep. Mike McKell’s House Bill 157. The latest version of the bill allowed for things like the “wine of the month” clubs. But wine must be delivered to the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control — not direct to consumer — and a cost plus 88% markup is applied.


BUSINESS & LIFESTYLE

Sales of no or low beer increase: Sales of no or low alcohol beer have increased by 30% since 2016, as 18-24-year-olds increasingly stay away from alcohol, new research reveals. A report from the Society of Independent Brewers found the proportion of 18-24-year-olds who say they don’t drink has increased by 6% in the past 12 months, to 23%, prompted by growing health consciousness.

Spirits Europe hits out at Luxembourg’s alcohol proposal: Trade body Spirits Europe has written to the Luxembourg government to advise against its “misguided” proposal to raise the legal purchasing age for spirits, but not for wine or beer. Currently, the minimum age to buy beer, wine and spirits in Luxembourg is 16. However, the Ministry for Health and Economic Affairs in the country is considering raising the legal purchasing age for spirits to 18.

How will Big Beer transform the hard seltzer category in 2020?: Hard seltzers rose spectacularly to fame in 2019 on the wave of a few pioneering brands. With the category now well established, Big Beer is assured of its potential and is smashing into seltzer in with sparkling launches and super budgets in the US. Big Beer’s execs believe their companies are perfectly positioned to play in the category – dubbing hard seltzer ‘a game of big brands’. But how exactly will we see them shape the seltzer phenomenon in 2020?

Bar and pub closures in Britain slow: The rate of closures of pubs and bars in Britain has slowed to its lowest level since early 2018, but drinks-led venues remain under “severe strain”. According to CGA and Alix Partner’s latest Market Growth Monitor report, Britain’s food-led pubs and bars were more fortunate in comparison to drinks-led venues, which have seen a 14.8% drop with the closure of 5,386 venues since December 2014.

What’s The Legal Drinking Age In Canada?: There is no national legal drinking age in Canada. In Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, the legal drinking age is 18. But in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Ontario, and the Yukon, the limit is 19 years of age.

Kroger Q4 delivers on strong private-label growth; CEO comments on COVID-19: Kroger Co. beat fourth-quarter earnings and sales estimates amid rising demand for its growing assortment of private-label items.  As part of its ongoing “Restock Kroger” program, the grocer has been increasing its selection of private-label products and enhancing its digital operations. Kroger’s “Our Brands” private label had its best year ever in 2019, exceeding $23.1 billion in sales. The company said that it introduced 758 new Our Brands items in 2019, which helped drive strong year-over-year sales lift across its portfolio of brands.

Drunk shopping translates into $44.9 billion business in the U.S.: According to Finder’s latest Drunk Shopping survey, Americans spent $44.9 billion on drunk purchases in the past 12 months, which is down from last year’s $45.3 billion. Nearly a quarter (22.9%) of Americans admit to shopping under the influence. Although the percentage of Americans that admitted to buying under the influence decreased from 26.4% to 22.9% over the past year, the amount consumers are spending increased by 13.9%. The average drunk shopper is spending an average of $768.58 on drunk purchases this year, compared to $674.96 in 2019.

Mexican vote on $1 billion Corona brewery in March, president says: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday said a public vote will be held on March 21-22 on whether to let U.S. company Constellation Brands Inc open a brewery in northern Mexico.

Beer Wants to Be a Wellness Trend, Too: At least once a week for the past four months, my inbox has gotten some variation of this press release: X Brewery is partnering with Y athlete to launch Z low-calorie (or low-alcohol) beer. It’s gone from a trend to a movement at this point. And the volume of pitches for these brews is so remarkable, I couldn’t ignore it.

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