Although marijuana-infused beverages are expected to be a mega-money maker for the cannabis industry, this sudsy sector could end up getting canned in Michigan if voters decide to approve a recreational cannabis market in the upcoming November election. It is a controversial debate that one over-zealous lawmaker isn’t willing to keep bottled up. Senator Rick Jones believes that people who consume THC-infused beer and sodas will ravage the streets and put the state on the rocks in terms of public safety. But where is the proof? And how much more beverage lingo can we fit into a single paragraph?
Earlier this week, Senator Jones marched up to the steps of the State Capitol to stir things up a bit with respect to the issue of cannabis-infused cocktails. Calling marijuana-infused beer a “recipe for disaster,” the lawmaker submitted a piece of legislation (SB 969) intended to prohibit these types of high libations from being sold throughout the state.
This movement could leave Michigan’s potential for recreational marijuana high but dry.
Alcoholic beverages are responsible for nearly 11,000 deaths nationwide each year. But Jones is concerned that giving people the option of drinking their THC will only inflate the devastation in the Great Lake State. He is most worried that these concoctions will be served in bars and contribute to a hefty increase in cases of stoned driving.
“It’s hard enough for a bartender to [judge how much a patron has had to drink] with alcohol without adding in THC,” he explained to the Senate, according to the Detroit Free Press. “The other element — you can drive with a small amount of alcohol in your system, but you can’t drive with any level of THC. There is zero tolerance.”
As it stands, Colorado is the only state in the nation preparing to