Michigan May Prohibit Cannabis-Infused Alcoholic Beverages

Cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages would become illegal under a bill passed by the Michigan legislature Tuesday and is now waiting the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder to become law. The bill was passed in anticipation of the legalization of recreational cannabis in the state at next month’s election.

Under the measure, House Bill No. 4668, all possession of alcoholic beverages that contain marijuana, even solely for personal use, would be prohibited. The only exception to the ban will be for research institutions.

“A person shall not use or offer for use, possess, sell, or offer for sale marihuana-infused beer, wine, mixed wine drink, mixed spirit drink, or spirits. A person that violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor,” the statute reads.

Proponents of the bill say it is necessary in case voters decide to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in the statewide election in November. Opponents fear that alcoholic beverages infused with cannabis will lead to dangerously intoxicated driving and make the state’s roadways unsafe.

Opponents of the measure say it is unnecessary because it is a solution to a problem that does not exist. They note that there is not yet a legal market for alcoholic beverages infused with marijuana.

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