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2018 Legislative Wrap-Up

This has been a very good year in the General Assembly. We were successful on several fronts and you all sent several hundred emails to legislators in support of these bills. Industrial Hemp Industrial Hemp is something we’ve been supporting for several years – specifically getting a legitimate framework for commercial industrial hemp farming. We […]

UPDATED: SUPPORT 2018 Senate Distillery Freedom Bill SB 803

SB 803 has passed out of Senate Rehab Committee 10-5 and is now in Senate Finance Committee. It will be heard at 9am on Tuesday, Feb 5. SB 803 (Reeves) Allows Distillers to keep all retail markup profits (currently 0%) on bottles sold at their location (creates parity with Beer, Wine, & Cider – currently […]

UPDATED: SUPPORT 2018 House Industrial Hemp Bill HB 532

We support this bill. It was amended via substitute to match the Senate Industrial Hemp Bill that passed the VA Senate 40-0. This allows Virginia farmers and business owners to get a head start on planning for federal legalization of industrial hemp and for Virginia to get out of the gate on this crucial agricultural […]

UPDATED: SUPPORT 2018 Senate Distillery Freedom Bill SB 484

A surprise substitute bill for this year – SB 484 (Reeves) – has passed out of Senate Rehab Committee (7-6, 2 Abstentions) and has gone to Senate Finance. This bill creates new license class for distillers, increases excise tax from 20% to 30% on wholesale cost and allows distillers to keep mark-up profits on bottles […]

SUPPORT Senate Cigar Lounge Mixed Drinks Beverage License – SB 467

Please fill out the form below to contact Senators in SUPPORT of this common sense legislation that allows cigar shop owners to serve an adult beverage or two to folks who want one while enjoying their cigars. SB 467 (Patron: Reeves) – Allows cigar lounges to offer mixed drinks as long as they qualify under […]