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Canopy Growth, Constellation $5-billion deal to be reviewed by federal government

Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm EDT

The federal government says it will review Constellation Brand Inc.'s proposed $5 billion investment in Canopy Growth Corp. Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation's Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The alcohol giant announced earlier this month it would invest in the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based marijuana producer, giving it a 38 per cent stake in the company. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – The federal government says it will review Constellation Brand Inc.’s proposed $5 billion investment in Canopy Growth Corp.

The alcohol giant announced earlier this month it would invest in the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based marijuana producer, giving it a 38 per cent stake in the company.

The department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada says in a statement that the deal is subject to review under the Investment Canada Act.

It says all foreign investment transactions, such as this one, will be reviewed on its merits based on the overall economic benefit for Canada.

The department says the government must review proposed acquisitions of Canadian businesses by foreign companies when the value of the business is $1.5 billion or more for investments originating in trade-agreement-partner countries.

Canopy Growth previously said the capital will be used to fuel its accelerated global growth.

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