Author: Adam Barnosky

Client Alert: Emergency Bill Authorizes Take-Out and Delivery of Alcohol for Licensed Massachusetts Restaurants

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On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an emergency bill into law allowing take-out and delivery of alcohol for licensed restaurants in Massachusetts. The authorization applies to any restaurant which currently holds a valid “all alcoholic beverages” or “malt and wine beverages” license approved by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and issued by the…

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Client Alert: MA Governor Orders Prohibition Against On-Premises Bar and Restaurant Operations Due to COVID-19

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On March 15, 2020, stemming from concerns about COVID-19, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an order prohibiting on-premises bar and restaurant operations. The order, effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 5, 2020 (unless otherwise extended) states, in part “Any restaurant, bar or establishment that offers food or drink shall not permit on-premises consumption of food…

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Client Alert: Massachusetts House Passes Cannabis Bill to Regulate Host Community Agreements

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On February 5, 2020, the Massachusetts House approved a bill that would regulate host community agreements and related caps on payments from marijuana companies. If the bill is passed by the Senate and signed into law, it would grant the Cannabis Control Commission authority to review and regulate host community agreements as part of the…

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4 Key Legal Considerations When Choosing Your Restaurant’s Location

This article was originally posted on Boston Magazine. Starting a new restaurant requires months, if not years, of planning. From concept to financing, location scouting to staffing, the number of tasks is countless, and the hurdles never-ending. The most difficult issues arise not from the things you expect, but from the unknown and unanticipated like…

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Client Alert: Cannabis Control Commission Issues Quarantine Order on Vaporizing Products

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On November 12, 2019, the Cannabis Control Commission, through its Executive Director, issued a quarantine order on vaporizing products, based on the determination that vaporizers “pose an immediate or serious threat to the public health, safety, or welfare and the quarantine is necessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare.” The order is effective…

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Client Alert: Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Issued Advisory Regarding “7-Store Limit” Increase

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The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issued an advisory regarding the off-premise “7-Store Limit” increase, effective January 1, 2020. This law increases the number of off-premise licenses any person or combination of persons may hold, directly or indirectly, in Massachusetts from 7 to 9. Click here to read the full advisory. Adam Barnosky is the…

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Cannabis Cafes and Home Delivery Approved by State Regulators

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On Tuesday, September 24, the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) voted to approve a highly-regulated home delivery program for adult-use cannabis, as well as a pilot program for cannabis cafes. While voters approved home deliveries and cannabis cafes as part of the 2016 adult-use ballot initiative, regulations were initially delayed while the CCC opted to focus…

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Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Issues Emergency Regulation Regarding Licensee “Inducements”

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September 12, 2019 Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issues emergency regulation regarding “Inducements”. Order to take effect immediately, which prohibits the receipt of inducements by any person or company licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Click here for the full text of the regulation. Adam Barnosky is the Co-Leader of RIW’s Hospitality…

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Cannabis Trends

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Massachusetts adult-use cannabis industry is nearing full swing, with over twenty Marijuana Retailers opened in the state or licensed to sell and dozens of other companies in the queue. Here is a rundown of the latest developments in industry. State Regulators Create (Eventual) Pathway for Cannabis Cafes While voters in Massachusetts approved “cannabis cafes” as…

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Food halls and “micro-business” aggregation dominate downtown Boston

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RIW Hospitality and Real Estate Attorney Adam Barnosky’s recent article on Food halls and “micro-business” in downtown Boston was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal. Check out the Full article. 

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