University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
With the number of craft breweries and craft spirits producers now exceeding 5,000 and 1,300, respectively, craft alcohol beverage supply has quickly outstripped its “boutique” or “cottage” roots. These industries, together with the burgeoning hard cider market, operate within a complex regulatory framework of state and federal law. Many of the privileges available to craft suppliers have evolved as nuanced exceptions to the regulations and policy underlying the traditional alcohol beverage laws forged in the immediate aftermath of Prohibition.

In a parallel universe, the federal prohibition of cannabis continues in spite of the fact twenty-nine states, including Florida, have legalized cannabis for medical use, and eight states and the District of Columbia have now approved the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use.

Critical to the growth and business success of these industries are attorneys with interdisciplinary skills and a working knowledge of the regulatory landscape involving craft alcohol beverage products and the conflicted intra-state marketplace for cannabis. Traditional alcohol and cannabis regulation will be presented and discussed as a rubric for understanding the current regulation of the craft alcohol beverage and cannabis industries. This course will explore these concepts from both the vantage point of the operators of these businesses, as well as from the perspective of investors in this robust period of incubation and growth for these industries. The goal of this course will be to enable critical issue spotting for attorneys at the periphery of these industries or to serve as a jumping off point for attorneys who wish to specialize in these substantive areas.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 04-02-2018 - 04-07-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
04-02-2018 - 04-05-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
04-06-2018 - 04-06-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
04-07-2018 - 04-07-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Multiple choice exam plus a short essay question. - Final Exam April 13th @ 2:00 PM
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None