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