On January 14, government launched a consultation to develop legislation to legalize u-vint and u-brew operations. Through this first round, the Department of Finance and Treasury Board received twenty-one submissions from industry representatives, operators, consumers, and health professionals.
As a result of this feedback, amendments were made to the Liquor Control Act that allow for licensing of these facilities. The department has been working with its government partners, including the Alcohol and Gaming division of Service Nova Scotia, to prepare draft regulations which take into consideration the input provided.
On May 26, government moved the consultations forward by seeking input from industry and other stakeholders on a draft regulatory framework. This framework incorporated much of what was heard during the first round of consultations. Interested parties were asked to review the draft regulations and application form, and provide feedback to the department.
The department will now review this feedback and work to conclude regulations with the goal of having a licensing regime in place in early Fall 2014.