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State Nuances

The 21st Amendment allows states to maintain their own distinct effective and uniform systems for controlling distilled spirits by regulating their transportation, importation, and use. This system leads to a set of uniform federal laws that all beverage alcohol producers must adhere to and a patchwork of 50 state systems that regulate distilled spirits in vastly different ways. Deciphering and navigating the nuances between these state regulatory schemes is crucial to successfully promoting and distributing your brands. This course outlines the primary issues handled at the state level, factors to be aware of, and how to leverage these state regulatory landscapes to your advantage.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Learn about the complicated web of state laws and how to find the often-elusive state regulatory or policy guidance to inform your business decisions
2. Evaluate the state versus federal law landscapes and analyze what types of issues are handled on a state by state basis, such as tastings and distillery sales
3. Gain the tools to be able to analyze the state markets they operate in, understand what elements are handled differently among those states, where to go to find state information, and how to chart a path forward for their businesses

CLE credit available in select jurisdictions

David Wojnar
VP State Government Relations
Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

Sean O’Leary
O’Leary Law and Policy Group

Bob Budoff
SVP State Regulatory Affairs
Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

Ryan Malkin
Malkin Law