Last week on Friday regulators of the state of Michigan announced some seventy- two changes that ideally will broaden the size of the state’s licensed beverage industry.
With that said, not all producers of the states very popular beverage industry are happy with the prospective changes.
Officials at the well-known Michigan Wine Producers Association have purported that the recommended changes are expected to make the regulation of not just the industry in general more manageable and efficient but are specifically targeted to maximize the business-friendliness of wineries.
In fact, for quite some time now Michigan winery owners have had concerns regarding the growth of the wine industry and these 72 changes are not only expected to address concerns but are presumed to support growth in the industry according to MWPA officials. Yet, there are brewery owners and beverage industry owners in general in the state of Michigan exclaiming that the report sent to the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder by the state’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention did not represent the unanimous position of breweries.
Many industry insiders believe that not only will the changes have unintended consequences but the changes in the report also raise incredibly controversial concerns that require a much closer observation by legislators before such changes are implemented. Some predictions indicate that the 72 changes may actually hinder business in Michigan as well result in hazardous consequences to public safety and health.
Among the most controversial changes expected to occur is the rewording of a statute that will make it far more difficult to prosecute those who sale to or serve alcohol to individuals who are objectively [reasonably] believed to be intoxicated. The updated law will require that the perpetrator “knowingly allow” an intoxicated person to drink or be served as opposed to “allow”. Although the change seems small and is just a one word difference, it involves huge implications regarding intent of the perpetrator that only Michigan legislators as well the governor may approve.
As well, the change discussed above will only pertain to drinkers of the legal limit, 21 years of age or older. Additionally, other notable changes pertain to Michigan brewers being allowed to conduct off-premise tasting sessions as well as offer non-cost samples of the beverages.
Meanwhile, other changes concern Michigan breweries being allowed to obtain similar marketing and sales rights that are offered to small wineries in the state. Among other suggested changes are an increase in Michigan resort licenses by forty, removal of strict prohibitions regarding alcohol use for advertising and contest purposes, and allowance of liquor licenses to smaller service and fuel stations.
Most changes require at least legislator approval and such would not be expected until fall.
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