Please join us for the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Cannabis Commission's monthly public meeting #33 on Thursday 9/21/2023 @ 3:00 pm. Link available here: https://meet.google.com/cvb-gwiv-erp
The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) was an independent commission established through the passage of HB1052/Chapter 12 of the Acts of 2019 and became effective in January 2021. The law created the Commission, Office of the Executive Director, and the Field Enforcement Division. The ATC consisted of five (5) individuals appointed to a five- year term by the Governor of Maryland with the advice and consent of the Senate.
On May 3, 2023, the ATC became the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Cannabis Commission (ATCC) due to the signing of HB556 by the Governor. The ATCC consists of seven (7) individuals appointed to a five- year term by the Governor of Maryland, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The ATCC is tasked with supporting the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA) in the regulation of the medical and retail cannabis industries, as well as the regulation of the alcohol and tobacco industries, in Maryland. The mission of the ATCC is to advance public safety, support economic growth, and reduce public harm by promoting the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis products through consistent administration and enforcement of laws and regulations, as well as the strategic integration of process management, functional expertise, and the study of operations and administration of similar laws in other states and countries.
The mission of the Field Enforcement Division of the ATCC is to protect consumers from illicit alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis products entering the marketplace as well as ensuring state revenues are protected. The Field Enforcement Division provides guidance to the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries through a program of inspection, education, and enforcement to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations.
The Field Enforcement Division strives to maximize a culture of compliance with the alcohol, tobacco and cannabis laws and regulations of the state by being adaptable to statutory changes and product evolution, employing modern technology, and advancing state-wide consistency in enforcement.