Michigan bans marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks

Just Released! Get realistic market forecasts, state-by-state insights and benchmarks with the new 2024 MJBiz Factbook member program, now with quarterly updates. Make informed decisions.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, as expected, signed legislation to immediately prohibit cannabis-infused alcoholic drinks in the state.

The law enacted Tuesday bars the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks.

The Republican governor’s signature follows overwhelming legislative support of the bill.

Supporters said the measure was a pre-emptive move in case Michigan voters legalize marijuana for recreational use next month. They asserted cannabis-infused alcohol could exacerbate intoxicated driving.

Opponents claimed the legislation was a solution to a nonexistent problem because there is no commercial market for marijuana-infused beverages.

They said even if the ballot initiatives passes to legalize adult-use MJ, liquor establishments could not sell marijuana beverages because of a federal cannabis ban.

The new law does not apply to hospitals, universities, colleges and pharmaceutical companies doing research.

– Associated Press