CANADA: Brewery Ban

On the desk of Maryland's Governor Theodore McKeldin last week lay a state paper that could have explosive effects on economic relations between the U.S. and Canada. The paper is senate bill 38, passed recently by the general assembly, to bar any foreign-owned brewery from operating in Maryland. The measure is aimed squarely at the Canadian-owned Carling Brewing Co. Inc., and needs only Governor McKeldin's signature to become law.

Six Maryland breweries lobbied the bill through both houses soon after Carling announced plans to build a $12 million brewery near Halethorpe. Md. Carling officials were more irritated than worried by...

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