Even as the various litigation questions get asked and answered to attract headlines, we are continuing to support many clients in each tier of the alcohol supply chain to deal with the changes brought by I-1183 and its implementation. The WSLCB and suppliers, distributors, and retailers are full-steam ahead on spirits privatization -- including ongoing evaluations and bidding on the privatizing state liquor store locations -- even as new rules and processes adopted or proposed by WSLCB are evolving. The logjam of spirits-related license applications is causing problems for the WSLCB, and now even causing problems for the federal TTB too concerning Washington retail applicants who are being told they must have certain federal permits at each of their locations. We are assisting clients to evaluate their business opportunities, pursue licenses and permits (or resist those that ought not to be required), and to comment on new rules and facilitate expedited approvals. Stay tuned...
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