1.  Certificate of approval required.  No manufacturer or foreign wholesaler of malt liquor or wine may hold for sale, sell or offer for sale in intrastate commerce, or transport or cause to be transported into the State for resale, any malt liquor or wine unless the manufacturer or foreign wholesaler has obtained from the bureau a certificate of approval.  

[PL 1997, c. 373, §115 (AMD).]

2.  Fee for certificate of approval.  The fee for a certificate of approval is $1,000 per year for malt liquor only and $1,000 for wine only, except that the fee for a manufacturer or foreign wholesaler of wine or malt liquor who ships 120 gallons of wine or malt liquor or less per year is $100. Payment of the fee must accompany the application for the certificate.  

[PL 2013, c. 531, §5 (AMD).]

3.  Conditions on certificate of approval.  The certificate of approval is subject to the laws of the State and the rules of the bureau.  
A. Any violation of the rules of the bureau is ground for suspension or revocation of the certificate at the discretion of the District Court Judge.   [PL 1997, c. 373, §115 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 547, Pt. B, §78 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 547, Pt. B, §80 (AFF).]

[PL 1997, c. 373, §115 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 547, Pt. B, §78 (AMD); PL 1999, c. 547, Pt. B, §80 (AFF).]

4.  No sales of malt liquor or wine to person without wholesale license.  No certificate of approval holder, except a licensed small brewery or small winery authorized under section 1355?A to sell its own products directly to retailers, may sell or cause to be transported into the State any malt liquor or wine to any person to whom a Maine wholesale license has not been issued by the bureau. Malt liquor or wine must be delivered to the place of business of the wholesaler as shown in the wholesaler’s license, must be unloaded and inventoried at the wholesaler’s premises upon the wholesaler’s receipt of the shipment and must come to rest before delivery is made to any retailer to enable the bureau to inspect and inventory wholesale warehouses for the purpose of verifying taxes that are required to be paid on malt liquor and wine purchased by importers.  

[PL 2019, c. 529, §7 (AMD).]

5.  No exclusivity agreement.  No certificate of approval holder may make it a condition in selling malt liquor or wine to any wholesale licensee that the wholesale licensee may not sell malt liquor or wine manufactured or sold by other manufacturers or foreign wholesalers.  

[PL 1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]

SECTION HISTORY

PL 1987, c. 45, §A4 (NEW). PL 1993, c. 507, §1 (AMD). PL 1997, c. 373, §§115,116 (AMD). PL 1999, c. 547, §B78 (AMD). PL 1999, c. 547, §B80 (AFF). PL 2001, c. 20, §1 (AMD). PL 2005, c. 683, §A46 (AMD). PL 2007, c. 539, Pt. QQQ, §1 (AMD). PL 2011, c. 629, §23 (AMD). PL 2013, c. 531, §5 (AMD). PL 2019, c. 529, §7 (AMD).