For any alcoholic-beverage makers or growers thinking about combining marijuana and alcohol in California, don’t hit the launch button just yet.
The state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued a memo spelling out its current stance that infused alcoholic beverages of any stripe – whether infused with THC, CBD or basically any cannabinoids – are prohibited.
That decision stems at least in part from a July 6 Department of Public Health (DPH) policy memo, which stipulated that hemp-based CBD couldn’t be legally added to food or drink.
The one bright spot for business owners? There’s nothing prohibiting a California company from owning both a bar and a marijuana business. They just can’t comingle.