Province to make u-vint and u-brew operations legal

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TRURO - U-vint and u-brew operations will soon be legal in the province.

The government announced Tuesday it is following through on a commitment to make u-vint and u-brew operations legal.  

Consultations with the industry will begin this week to develop regulations and set standards for ferment-on-premises businesses. Adjustments to the legislation are expected to be introduced during the next legislative session. New regulations will follow.  

"We want to eliminate barriers for small businesses and make it easier for them to grow, hire, and help our economy," said Diana Whalen, minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act. "These changes will bring public demand for this innovative service and support for a growing industry in line with the law."  

Since the initial commitment to develop regulations, provincial officials have looked at existing u-vint models across the country. Stakeholder input will be used to create a regulatory framework that gives Nova Scotians more choice and creates a stable, clear and competitive business environment.    

"It is important for government to hear the views of the industry and work together to create socially responsible regulations that will grow businesses," said Whalen.  

Consultation kits are being sent to owners and operators across the province for input. The deadline is Feb. 10. For more information, or to provide input, visit www.novascotia.ca/finance.

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