The commissioner may sell such liquors at wholesale to persons licensed to purchase at wholesale as provided in this chapter and wine may be sold by farm wineries licensed under and subject to the provisions of this chapter.
(NOTE: The preceding version of §60-3-1 is in the form of H.B. 935 enacted March 5, 1981, relating to making certain exemptions from the state monopoly on the sale of wine. Specifically, section two, article six of this chapter relating to the manufacture and sale of cider and the provision on farm wineries licensed under chapter sixty are the exemptions. See the following version of this same section enacted in a different form. For 1981 Acts, see chapter 218.)
§60-3-1. Sales at retail and wholesale.
The sale of alcoholic liquors at wholesale and retail in this state is a state monopoly, except for sales made by authority of articles seven and eight of this chapter.
(NOTE: The preceding version of §60-3-1 is in the form of H.B. 1111 enacted March 26, 1981, mainly removing the state monopoly on the sale of wine. See above the first version of this same section enacted in a different form. For 1981 Acts, see chapter 217.)
A store or agency shall not be located in the immediate vicinity of a church or school.
(1) For gross revenues up to three thousand dollars per month, four hundred dollars compensation per month.
(2) For gross revenues of not less than three thousand dollars nor more than six thousand dollars per month, ten percent of all gross revenues between said three thousand dollars and six thousand dollars, which shall be in addition to the compensation as provided in subdivision (1) hereinabove.
(3) For gross revenues of not less than six thousand dollars nor more than eight thousand dollars per month, eight percent of all gross revenues between said six thousand dollars and eight thousand dollars, which shall be in addition to the compensation as provided in subdivisions (1) and (2) hereinabove.
(4) For gross revenues of not less than eight thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars per month, six percent of all gross revenues between said eight thousand dollars and ten thousand dollars, which shall be in addition to the compensation as provided in subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) hereinabove.
(5) For gross revenues over ten thousand dollars per month, four percent of all gross revenues over said ten thousand dollar amount, which shall be in addition to the compensation as provided in subdivisions (1), (2), (3) and (4) hereinabove.
The agent shall pay for utilities, renovations and operating expenses of the agency from the compensation set forth herein.
Each agent shall give bond in an amount fixed by the commissioner conditioned upon the faithful observance of the provisions of this chapter, compliance with the rules and regulations of the commissioner, and the accounting for and paying over of all moneys coming into his custody by virtue of his agency. An agent shall not, at any time, have on hand a stock of alcoholic liquors greater in value than the amount of his bond.
The commissioner shall prepare price lists showing the price of each variety, class or brand. Price lists shall be posted prominently in each store and shall be available for distribution and inspection in every state store and agency.
The commissioner, in the exercise of his authority under this section, is hereby directed to continue the increase in the price of alcoholic liquors, heretofore effected pursuant to the provisions of this section as amended by chapter six, acts of the Legislature of West Virginia, regular session, one thousand nine hundred fifty-one, which is presently producing an additional annual revenue of one million six hundred thousand dollars on an annual volume of business equal to the average for the past three years.
The revenue derived from the increase in the price of alcoholic liquors shall be deposited into the general revenue fund in the manner hereinafter provided in section seventeen of this article.
Acts, 1991 Reg. Sess., Ch. 118.
Acts, 1991 Reg. Sess., Ch. 118.
Acts, 1991 Reg. Sess., Ch. 118.
All such tax collected within one mile of the corporate limits of any municipality within the state shall be remitted to such municipality; all other tax so collected shall be remitted to the county wherein collected: Provided, That where the corporate limits of more than one municipality be within one mile of the place of collection of such tax, all such tax collected shall be divided equally among each of said municipalities: Provided, however, That such mile is measured by the most direct hard surface road or access way usually and customarily used as ingress and egress to the place of tax collection.
The West Virginia alcohol beverage control commissioner by appropriate rules and regulations shall provide for the collection of such tax upon all purchases outside the corporate limits of any municipality of intoxicating liquor from state stores or other agencies of the alcohol beverage control commissioner, separation or proration of the same and distribution thereof to the respective counties and municipalities for which the same shall be collected. The tax commissioner by appropriate rules and regulations shall provide for the collection of such tax upon all purchases outside the corporate limits of any municipality of wine from any person licensed to sell wine at retail under the provisions of article eight, chapter sixty of this code, or from distributors licensed to sell or distribute wine under the provisions of said article eight, and shall also provide for separation or proration of the same and distribution thereof to the respective counties and municipalities for which the same shall be collected. Such rules and regulations shall provide that all such taxes shall be deposited with the state treasurer and distributed quarterly by the treasurer upon warrants of the auditor payable to the counties and municipalities.
§60-3-11. Stock or inventory control.
The commission shall prescribe a method of stock or inventory control that will show the amount of each variety, class and brand of alcoholic liquor on hand in each state store, agency, and warehouse at any time. The commissioner shall not list or stock powdered alcohol in inventory.
2. Any general election day.
The commission shall require a sworn statement with the delivery of alcoholic liquors purchased by it that the goods are as represented, and do not contain any impure or deleterious matter. The commission shall by frequent chemical analysis determine that liquors offered for sale in state stores and agencies are pure, potable, and not misrepresented.
The commissioner may, with the consent of the governor, contract for the manufacture of alcoholic liquors for sale in state stores and agencies. Such liquors shall bear a special designation as "state brand."
Listed brands and sizes of spirituous liquors shall not be reordered in quantities greater than at the rate of comparative gross sales as determined by the last three monthly reports published prior to each reorder: Provided, That to take advantage of price discounts or to anticipate price increases listed brands may be reordered upon the basis of anticipated needs to be determined by projecting adjusted sales records; but in no event shall the amount of operating fund and the value of inventory stock exceed the limit provided in the first paragraph of this section.
The initial order of any new or unlisted brand of spirituous liquor, excepting wine, shall not exceed five hundred cases. The initial order of new or unlisted wine brands shall not exceed fifteen hundred cases.
A manufacturer of liquor offered for sale in state stores and agencies shall attach to each bottle a special label bearing an accurate description of the contents of the bottle in such form and detail as the commission may require.
If the commissioner fails to remit such moneys to the state treasury within the time specified in accordance with the provisions of this section, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined one thousand dollars.
All moneys collected by the commissioner shall be credited to the operating fund until that fund reaches an amount sufficient for the current and routine requirements of the office of the West Virginia alcohol beverage control commissioner, this amount to be not in excess of the amount hereinbefore provided in section fifteen of this article.
Acts, 1966 Reg. Sess., Ch. 3.
Acts, 1991 Reg. Sess., Ch. 118.
(1) Less than twenty-one years of age;
(2) An habitual drunkard;
(4) Addicted to the use of any controlled substance as defined by any of the provisions of chapter sixty-a of this code; or
(5) Mentally incompetent.
(b) It shall be a defense to a violation of subdivision (1), subsection (a) of this section if the seller shows that the purchaser:
(1) Produced written evidence which showed his or her age to be at least the required age for purchase and which bore a physical description of the person named on the writing which reasonably described the purchaser; or
(2) Produced evidence of other facts that reasonably indicated at the time of sale that the purchaser was at least the required age.
(b) Any person who shall knowingly buy for, give to or furnish to anyone under the age of twenty-one to whom they are not related by blood or marriage, any alcoholic liquors from whatever source, is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars or shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not to exceed ten days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
(1) Break the seal upon any package of alcoholic liquors;
(2) Consume alcoholic liquor;
(1) A violation of a provision of this chapter;
(2) Disorderly conduct.
The commission shall furnish its appointees and employees with an official badge as evidence of this authority.
A person who resists or commits an assault upon an appointee or employee of the commission while engaged in the performance of his duties hereunder shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or by confinement in jail not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or, in the discretion of the court, by both such fine and imprisonment.
Members of the commission are hereby vested, and such officers, agents and employees of the commission as shall be designated by the commission shall, upon being so designated, be vested, with like power and authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter and the criminal laws of the state relating thereto as are vested in sheriffs of counties and members of the department of public safety.
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