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MLCC SPIRITS BUY-BACK PROGRAM LIVE; LICENSEES MUST SUBMIT BY 5 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17

Mason Doerr  | Published on 4/16/2020

Late last night, Governor Whitmer announced Executive Order 2020-46, which assigned MLCC to establish a spirits buy-back program.

During today’s MLCC meeting, LCC Administrative Order 2020-16 was approved. The order enacted a spirits buy-back program for on-premises licensees.

The buy-back is opt-in and those interested must fill out an online opt-in form, complete a spirits inventory form (with pricing) and email the inventory form to MLCC by this Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m.

All unopened alcohol, in your possession, purchased and delivered by an ADA, at any time prior to March 16, 2020, is eligible to be included on the inventory form.

Establishments will receive a check for the full amount the spirits were initially purchased for. Licensees will then keep the spirits safe, as they are now once again owned by the State of Michigan.

Within 90 days of when the governor’s emergency shutdown ends, licensees will be required to either:

  • Pay ack the full amount of money granted by the buy-back program in order to remain in possession of the spirits;
  • Relinquish all spirits sold back to the state as part of the buy-back program to MLCC (they will pick up).

Licensees who had their license in escrow prior to March 10, 2020, are not eligible for the program. Nor are licensees with outstanding NSF checks.

The following license types are able to participate in the program: Class C, B-Hotel, G-1, Club, Continuing Care Retirement Center, Aircraft, Watercraft, and Train Licenses.

Although this buy-back program isn’t what we had initially envisioned, we have to work with what we have. It’s not perfect, but it will help many licensees throughout the state.

The MLBA suggests members who take advantage of this program, to relinquish all spirits that will be owned by the state back to MLCC and place a new order upon re-opening. We reached out to MLCC, and at this time, spirits sold as part of the buy-back program must be purchased back in entirety or entirely relinquished. This may change, as we would like licensees to be able to keep possession of some and sell back some to the state.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE OPT-IN SITE!

Thank you.

– MLBA Staff –