- . . . Alcoholic beverage law and legal services for businesses engaged in, or seeking to engage in, the sales of alcoholic beverages. California Alcoholic Beverage Law services include ABC licenses, conditional use permits, Police Department permits, Sheriff Department permits, and determinations of Public Convenience or Necessity. California Alcoholic Beverage Law is a legal practice area of William A. Adams of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. Mr. Adams has been providing legal services to the hospitality, grocery, and convenience store industries for over 20 years. Although the firm's offices are in San Diego California, the firm provides its alcoholic beverage legal services statewide. The firm also provides representation to businesses in enforcement proceedings related to alcoholic beverage sales, entertainment, and related matters.
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A new California law signed by Gov. Newsom on July 9, 2019 expands the definition of beer under California, which carries with it certain tax benefits and other advantages. Using fruit in the fermentation process or aging in wine barrels … Continue reading
Cannabis products in alcoholic beverages is prohibited under both federal law and California law. That includes even non-narcotic industrial hemp or CBD. However, some businesses are moving forward dealcoholized wine and beer products, replacing the alcohol effect on mood and … Continue reading
In California, a bill (AB-1723) is pending that would lower the legal driving blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from 0.8% to 0.5%. Only Utah currently has a blood alcohol law with a limit that low, although similar bills have been … Continue reading
Vox recently published an article that was part book review and part trend spotting. The book is Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol by Ruby Warrington … Continue reading
On the heels of the craft brewing explosion came a smaller craft beverage revolution: Craft distillers. Suddenly, the California Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) saw applications for license types that rarely see new applications. For those unfamiliar with alcoholic … Continue reading
I wrote about the three basic types of brewery licenses in California. However, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control updates it’s descriptions periodically. These licenses are known as “non-retail” licenses (except for the type 75). In other words, they are … Continue reading
At least two manufacturers are infusing Cannabis (including THC) into beer. Combining alcohol and cannabis product – even those without cannabis – is illegal in California. I wrote about the new law in October last year. So how are these … Continue reading
According to news reports, obtaining approval for labels for new alcoholic beverage products from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is still problematic even though the government shutdown has ended (at least for three weeks).
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB), a division of the the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has furloughed much of its work force because of President Trump’s refusal to pass a budget without southern border wall funding.
A new law in California prohibits the sale or manufacture of beverages that mix cannabis (aka marijuana, weed, pot, etc.) and “cannabis products” with alcohol. Assembly Bill No. 2914 was signed into law by Gov. Brown on Sept. 27, 2018. It … Continue reading