Entries by John N. Neal

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COVID-19: Mitigating Risk and Allowing for Limited Operations of Restaurant Business in Ohio for Carry-Out and Delivery

A more recent article that explains Ohio’s policy change on the sale and delivery of hard liquor drinks can be found here. March 16, 2020  In conjunction with the Ohio Governor’s Office, the Ohio Department of Health ordered the stoppage of on-premises food and alcohol service effective 9:00pm EST March 15, 2020. The move is […]

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Releases Applications for 73 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

September 21, 2021  Since its inception in 2018, Ohio’s medical marijuana program has continuously struggled with poor patient accessibility. In November 2020, 62% of registered patients reported having to travel more than 10 miles to reach a dispensary. To improve patient access, the Board of Pharmacy has approved the issuance of up to 73 new […]

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Cocktails To Go: Ohio Allows the Sale and Delivery of Hard Liquor Drinks

April 7, 2020 Ohio restaurants and bars with an on-premises liquor permit may now sell drinks made with high-proof spirits for carry-out and for delivery with the purchase of a meal.  Customers are limited to two drinks “per meal.” The move comes after the Ohio Liquor Commission promulgated emergency rulemaking on April 7, 2020, allowing […]


Ohio Constitutional Carry: Implications for Liquor Permitted Businesses

As of June 13, 2022, the state of Ohio now allows most individuals to carry a concealed handgun in public without having to obtain a concealed handgun license (“CHL”). Our attorneys have identified several important implications (and potential pitfalls) for Ohio’s D-class liquor permit holders and their patrons. Under the new law, any “qualifying adult” […]

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Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund: Permit Holders Encouraged to Apply by Dec. 18, 2020

November 25, 2020     The state of Ohio has created a $38.7 million fund to help provide relief for bars and restaurants that have taken a significant hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, funded by the CARES Act, will provide $2,500 grants to eligible liquor permit holders in the state. Permit holders are encouraged […]

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Last Call: Emergency Rule Forces Ohio Bars and Restaurants to End Alcohol Sales at 10 P.M.

August 3, 2020  All Ohio bars and restaurants are ordered to cease the sale of alcoholic beverages by 10 p.m. each night pursuant to an emergency adoption of the state’s Liquor Control Commission ruling signed into order by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The order is in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in […]