The Canadian province of Ontario’s government has provided $300,000 to assist a local company to develop a non-alcoholic cannabis beer.
The Toronto-based Loyalist College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis and Province Brands of Canada claim that the beer they intend to create will be “highlight intoxicating,” and will take at least one year to perfect. Grant money was provided by the Colleges Applied Research & Development Fund in partnership with Colleges Ontario.
Like many other cannabis-infused beer companies, the goal is to create a new product that offers the same level of effect of cannabis consumption is in other forms. “Our province needs talent to continue to sustain its growing innovation eco-system,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “Investing in applied research and development is a step towards a brighter and more prosperous future for our province. By bringing together colleges and the R&D sector, we’re creating opportunities for our students and ensuring they are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Not only will this involve opportunities for students, but Dooma Wendschuh, who is the co-founder and CEO of Province Brands of Canada believes that if the project is successful, it is expected to greatly benefit residents too. “We are thrilled that Ontario Centres of Excellence sees the value in our groundbreaking research to create a new brewing tradition, which will ultimately create jobs across Ontario and most importantly, introduce consumers to a safer alternative to alcohol,” he said.
Currently, Canadian regulations state that cannabis flower and oil will be available for recreational consumption later this year, but edible cannabis products will not. However, lawmakers have stated that they intend to allow edibles to be legal in the near future, with some analysts projecting that this may happen in 2019.