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December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.


WSWA's regulatory program works with state and federal regulatory agencies including the Department of the Treasury's Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and State Alcohol Control Commissions on beverage alcohol issues impacting the wine and spirits wholesale industry.


Important Regulatory Update - NLRB Representation Case Procedures

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a final rule amending the process by which employee petitions for collective bargaining representation are handled.


Regulatory Key Issue - Marijuana

The issues of marijuana legalization, decriminalization and regulation are currently being discussed and considered by the public, advocacy groups and government officials around the country. Supporters on either side of this debate often point out similarities or highlight differences with beverage alcohol. While WSWA does not have a position on the core question of marijuana legalization, we do have deep expertise in the structure, management and operational challenges of the three-tiered beverage alcohol regulatory structure- a system that has proven remarkably effective at addressing the myriad issues that gave rise to Prohibition.


Regulatory Key Issue - UK Beverage Alcohol Regulation

Recently, the United Kingdom has experienced a wave of public health and safety incidents related to counterfeit or adulterated alcohol. Media reports have indicated that officials have identified as much as £1.2 billion (GBP) in uncollected tax revenue lost each year in the illegal market. In addition, consumers in the U.K. have consistently encountered adulterated or counterfeit product sold outside legal distribution channels, including fake products causing death or serious illness.