Richard Blau Interviewed by AM Tampa Bay on Automated Beer and Wine Dispensing

TAMPA, FL – February 13, 2020 – Richard M. Blau, shareholder and chair of GrayRobinson’s alcohol beverage lawfood law and medical marijuana law practice groups, was interviewed by NewsRadio WFLA AM Tampa Bay in the segment “Automated Beer and Wine Dispensing Might Be Making It's Way to FL Soon.” Mr. Blau discusses a recent Florida Court decision clearing the way for automated beer and wine dispensing, and what this decision means for the alcohol industry in Florida. Blau echoed the court’s determination that nothing in Florida’s Beverage Laws requires a face-to-face transaction when selling alcohol. However, Blau also called attention to the appellate court judges’ rejection of the government’s argument that when it comes to alcohol, any industry activity not expressly permitted under the regulations automatically is prohibited.  “That is a very interesting legal concept,” Mr. Blau states, adding that industry and regulators will be wrestling with it for some time. Listen to the full interview here.