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COULD MASSACHUSETTS BE THE NEXT STATE TO ALLOW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER SHIPPING?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Massachusetts may be the next state in line to lift its current restrictions on direct winery direct shipments to in state residents.  Currently, Massachusetts law restricts out-of-state wineries from delivering directly to Massachusetts consumers by prohibiting wineries that produce more than 30,000 gallons a year and which have been represented in this state Continue Reading...
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THE CASE FOR MAINTAINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE CAP IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT PROPOSES TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SOLD IN BOSTON PACKAGE STORES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 5, 2014, newly elected City Council President Bill Linehan filed a home rule petition for a law that would impose a 6.25% sales tax on alcoholic beverages purchased in Boston package stores.  The revenue generated from this proposed tax would be used to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse Continue Reading...
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WALSH ADMINISTRATION PUSHES FOR LATE-NIGHT HOURS IN THE CITY OF BOSTON

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On February 10, 2014, newly appointed mayor Martin Walsh named John Barros to be Boston’s first chief of economic development.  Now, Barros is moving fast to spur economic development and push for a livelier city.  Among his top priorities is a proposal for later closing hours for Boston restaurants and bars. Currently, pursuant Continue Reading...
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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CITY OF BOSTON’S ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL LIQUOR LICENSES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:     A recent 12-1 Boston City Council vote seeks to empower the City of Boston to determine how many liquor licenses are issued and to allow local appointment of Boston Licensing Board members. In every city and town in Massachusetts, except the City of Boston, the number of liquor licenses each municipality is allowed Continue Reading...
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