The director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has backed off of plans to strictly enforce a prohibition on the selling of infused alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants.
TABC’s Keith Bell said Monday his commission would not enforce an existing law at least for the foreseeable future while details for enforcement — and perhaps even a reversal of the law — are considered.
In a statement, Bell said, “Although the process of manufacturing infused alcoholic beverages, not for the consumer’s immediate consumption, by and on the premises of a Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) licensee’s on premises liquor by the drink restaurant remain violations of the Tennessee Code and TABC Rules, the TABC has nevertheless determined it to be in the public interest that the regulatory enforcement of this prohibition be indefinitely suspended in order to formulate workable guidelines and definitions so as to gauge the growing and changing taste and desires of the consuming public.”
Just last week Bell offered up reasons in support of enforcing the law, which has largely been ignored by both businesses and state officials, according to the Nashille Post.
Greg Adkins, president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, also told Nashville Post that he hoped strict enforcement of the laws would be suspended until the next legislative session, when lawmakers may better address the matter.