Can Ontario’s craft brewers tap into the cannabis drink market?

While waiting for the green light for their extraction licence, the team at Cool — and other brewers — are keeping an eye on proposed amendments to Health Canada’s cannabis regulations. Public and industry feedback on the amendments closes Feb. 20, but the exact date when the final regulations will be unveiled isn’t known.

Among the biggest concerns? A proposed amendment that would mean food and drink companies couldn’t use their existing facilities to produce cannabis edibles or drinks, unless it was in an entirely separate building.

Health Canada says that amendment is aimed at preventing cross-contamination of regular food with cannabis, as well as preventing food and cannabis spoilage. But brewers warn it would make things prohibitively expensive for smaller companies.

“If this requirement stays, it would mean that big multinational companies will dominate this space, and I don’t think that should happen,” said Matt Johnston, co-founder of Collective Arts, which

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