Cross Tier Ownership Rules Clarified in Maine

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Signed into law under emergency status “to avoid unintended consequences that could imperil operations by breweries during premium tourism season,” House Bill 1133 clarifies that for a person who is licensed to manufacture liquor in the State to also have an establishment licensed for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the licensed premises, that person must have a controlling interest in both the manufacturing business and the on-premises establishment, regardless of the business structure of either entity.