Alcoholic Beverages - Section 1-401


Published: 2021

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Article - Alcoholic Beverages



§1–401.

    (a)    Unless otherwise provided for in this article or the Tax – General Article, a person may not:

        (1)    sell alcoholic beverages;

        (2)    allow alcoholic beverages to be sold;

        (3)    accept or deliver alcoholic beverages; or

        (4)    for the purpose of sale, transport, buy, possess, or keep alcoholic beverages or allow alcoholic beverages to be transported, bought, possessed, or kept:

            (i)    in a vehicle, a water vessel, or an aircraft;

            (ii)    on any premises; or

            (iii)    under the person’s charge or control.

    (b)    (1)    Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person may not buy, possess, store, import, transport, or keep alcoholic beverages or allow alcoholic beverages to be bought, possessed, stored, imported, transported, or kept:

            (i)    in a vehicle, a water vessel, or an aircraft;

            (ii)    on any premises; or

            (iii)    under the person’s charge or control.

        (2)    A person may perform an activity listed in paragraph (1) of this subsection if the person is:

            (i)    a consumer;

            (ii)    subject to the requirements under this article, a license holder; or

            (iii)    an individual under the age of 21 years who possesses or is transporting alcoholic beverages for a lawful purpose:

                1.    with the knowledge and consent of the individual’s parent or guardian; or

                2.    incident to the lawful employment of the individual under this article.

    (c)    An individual under the age of 21 years may not:

        (1)    buy, consume, possess, store, import, transport, or keep alcoholic beverages for the individual’s own use; or

        (2)    buy, possess, store, import, transport, or keep alcoholic beverages for any purpose in a jurisdiction where prohibited under State law.