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Casino, e-gaming establishments can now sell alcohol 24 hours a day

THE CASINO and e-gaming establishments are now allowed to serve alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day based on a regulation with the implementation of Public Law 19-30.

On Wednesday, the Alcohol Beverage/Tobacco Control Division of the Department of Commerce conducted a mandatory workshop at the multi-purpose center for retailers, bars, restaurants and nightclubs operators regarding the regulation that will take effect on Feb. 7, 2018.

ABTC Director David Maratita said selling alcoholic beverages is a big responsibility, adding that establishments must ensure that their employees attend ABTC certification training on how to responsibly serve and sell alcoholic beverages.

Customers should not be “over-served,” he added.

The ABTC Class 8 license for a casino costs $20,000 while a Class 9 license for e-gaming establishments costs $10,000.

The workshop on Wednesday also discussed monthly reports required of the licensees, Maratita said.

The regulation states that all retailers in the CNMI, including bars and restaurants, must report their alcoholic beverage and tobacco product sales on a monthly basis, he added.

“The regulation also requires the licensee to be certified by our office prior to engaging in the sale and service of alcoholic beverages,” Maratita said.

Over 200 establishment representatives attended the workshop at the multi-purpose center.

“We are happy to have a big turnout so we can disseminate important information and educate our retailers and business operators about the law and the new regulation,” Maratita said.

One of the participants asked him if a company or establishment will be held responsible if one of its agents or employees, acting on his own, sells alcohol to a minor.

Maratita said management is primarily the responsible entity, but the employee who sold the alcohol is responsible as well.

“The employee that sells alcohol to a minor will be arrested, and he will pay a fine. But the same fine will be applied also to the licensee or the company.”

Maratita said for the first offense, the fine is $1,000 and one year of imprisonment; for a 2nd offense, a $3,000 fine and three years of imprisonment; and for a third offense, a $5,000 fine, five years in jail and revocation of the license.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101757-casino-e-gaming-establishments-can-now-sell-alcohol-24-hours-a-day

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