In Ohio, the Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control is responsible for controlling the manufacture, distribution, licensing, regulation, and merchandising of beer, wine, mixed beverages, and spirituous liquor as the law is outlined in the Ohio Revised Code Chapters 4301. and 4303.
Jim Canepa is Superintendent of the Division of Liquor Control. He joined the division in February 2017 to provide project leadership for the Liquor Modernization Project (LMP), the state’s effort to modernize systems and processes across the liquor enterprise.
Under Canepa’s leadership, the division has replaced a 40-year-old inventory system with the Microsoft Dynamics AX system, added 17 new Liquor stores towards the goal of 20 by January 2019, reduced delisted inventory by 58% (75,418 bottles) since November 2017, and has started the process of enterprise-wide merchandise-category optimization with 125 of 465 Liquor stores scheduled to be re-set by October 2018.
Prior to joining the division, Canepa served as Chief of Staff and Legal Affairs for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. In this role, he managed the Agency’s Legal Affairs, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and criminal investigation and enforcement. He has served in numerous leadership roles in Ohio state government, including Chief Legal Counsel with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Deputy Inspector General with the Office of the Ohio Inspector General and First Assistant Attorney General for the Ohio Attorney General. In these roles, he was responsible for overseeing legal affairs, complex projects and process improvements.
Company Create Free Online Custom Daddycom Design Id Office Card Identity Canepa began his career with the Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor’s Office, where he served as an Appellate Prosecutor and a Senior Trial Prosecutor. In those roles, he defended felony convictions in the Tenth District Court of Appeals (Ohio) and the Ohio Supreme Court, and supervised and litigated felony criminals in trials in common pleas court, respectively.
Throughout his career, Canepa has been recognized for his exemplary work and was honored with the Outstanding Advocacy award from the National Association of Government Attorneys, the Caulley Award for Outstanding Victims Service and a Resolution of Recognition from the Office of Governor George V. Voinovich.
Canepa earned a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.
The Division of Liquor Control manages a system of agency stores, called “Contract Liquor Agencies,” for the wholesale and retail sale of spirituous liquor. Spirituous liquor is intoxicating liquor containing more than 21% alcohol by volume. The Division selects products and sets the prices at which the Contract Liquor Agencies sell to licensed retailers and consumers.
The Division registers all beer, wine, and mixed beverages (containing 21% alcohol by volume or less) products for sale in Ohio. This section also registers out-of-state suppliers and all salespersons of beer, wine, and mixed beverage products.
The Division of Liquor Control created the Ohio Liquor Insiders Bulletin to inform Ohioans of rare and limited allocations of spirituous liquor to the state. To sign up for the bulletin, click here. To see the latest bulletin, click here.
Consumers may now find their favorite Ohio Liquor location and check all locations for inventory at OHLQ.com. Visit the site here.
Qualifying Major Event Waivers allow beer and/or intoxicating liquor to be served between 5:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. during a qualified event. Applications are to be submitted to the Municipal Mayor/Township Fiscal Officer where the business is located. They will determine if you meet requirements outlined in the statute.
Educational memo answers the Division’s most frequently asked questions. Click here to review the memo..
Ohio law prohibits Commerce from licensing individuals who’ve been convicted of certain criminal offenses. The law requires Commerce to provide a list of those convictions to the public. Read that list here, and request a pre-determination to see if your conviction disqualifies you.
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