Michigan lawmakers vote to prohibit marijuana-infused beer and liquor

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Legislation that would prohibit the use, possession or sale of cannabis-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks in Michigan was approved by the state House on Tuesday by a 101-4 vote.

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to  sign the measure, which would make Michigan the latest state to nix booze and cannabis.

In July, California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control 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.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Supporters say the bill is a pre-emptive move in case Michigan voters legalize marijuana for recreational use next month, and they assert MJ-infused alcohol could exacerbate intoxicated driving.
  • Opponents say the legislation is a solution to a nonexistent problem because there currently is no commercial market for cannabis-infused beverages. Even if the ballot initiative passes, they say, liquor establishments could not sell cannabis-infused beverages because marijuana is illegal at the federal level.
  • The bill includes an exception for research institutions.

Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily