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Powdered alcohol might be banned in Michigan before it ever arrives

 

By Josh Thall


While Palcohol’s powdered alcohol is not even out for sale yet in the United States, many states, including Michigan, are already attempting to ban commercial use of the product.

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, who is spearheading a bill to ban the use, sale or possession of powdered alcohol, said that the product is not necessary and that he has concerns of it being misused and it possibly leading to more deaths.

The bill has passed through the full Senate and has been referred to the House of Representatives committee on Regulatory Reform.

There are 39 states that have legislation introduced to ban powdered alcohol, and several other states have already enacted legislation to either ban or limit powdered alcohol.

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Responsible Service Makes Sense, Happy Hour Bans Don’t

June 26, 2015

In the beginning of my career as a bartender, I worked in a solid establishment with great food and beverages that offered a happy hour. I appreciated it because it brought in clientele fairly early in the evening when bars are often quiet.

Annual certification in an alcohol management program should be required for all food and beverage employees, to keep customers safe.

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MI: Poll: Michigan voters support current alcohol safeguards, oppose more places to buy alcohol

June 22, 2015

By large majorities, Michigan voters say the state's alcohol regulations strike the right balance that allows adult consumers to have access to a wide range of beer and wine products - while pricing them affordably, according to a new bipartisan poll released today. The poll by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research also showed that large majorities of Michigan voters oppose practices that would make alcohol more readily available, including selling alcohol at more gas stations and at farmers' markets.

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MLBA Welcomes New Magazine Editor

LANSING, MIThe Michigan Licensed Beverage Association is happy to announce the hiring of Mason Doerr as its magazine editor. Bringing with him his passion for print journalism and a creative mindset, Doerr seeks to further exhibit the vision and goals of the MLBA through the Michigan Hospitality Review.

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FMLC seeks to improve flawed music licensing system

WASHINGTONMusic is best enjoyed around a group of family or friends in a social setting, but current music licensing fees are costing the local hospitality industry a lot of money and a lot of headaches.

Members of the Fairness in Music Licensing Coalition recently traveled to Washington D.C., and met with legislators to voice their concerns about how the Performance Rights Organization’s (PROs) current system of collecting costly licensing fees from its members is ineffective and outdated. During their visit, several Members of Congress expressed their support to reform the rules on opaque music licensing fees and harsh collection practices.

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Local Venues React To New Event Flexibility Law

Hotels, restaurants and others that serve liquor are getting a new option to offer those who book wedding receptions and parties: Paying for alcohol by the guest, instead of by the drink.

Backers say the change gets at what can sometimes be “sticker shock” when an event’s bar bill is presented. And they say establishments, which have been required under state liquor code to price beer, wine and spirits per-drink, will have another choice to offer their clients if that’s what the business wants to do.

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