This bud’s for you—a weed-infused beer could be hitting shelves soon(Photo: Reviewed.com)
LANSING — The production, sale and use of marijuana-infused beer, wine and spirits would be banned under a bill that unanimously passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Wednesday.
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said the bill is necessary as Michigan voters may soon vote on whether to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.
“This is happening in Colorado and should the ballot proposal pass in November, we’re going to end up with it here,” Jones said. “It’s a recipe for disaster.”
Colorado is the only state that allows for marijuana-infused beer, but it’s only a non-alcoholic version made by the inventor of the popular Blue Moon beer. There is also non-alcoholic wine that has been infused with marijuana.
There are a wide variety of marijuana-infused edible products on the market, including gummies, baked goods, juices, gum, even dog treats. There are some marijuana-infused craft beers and wines that contain cannabidiol for flavor, but not the THC, which produces the “high” that attracts many marijuana users..
Under Jones’ bill — SB 969 — no part of the marijuana plant could be infused into beer or other alcoholic drinks for sale in Michigan.
Jones cited liability for bars and restaurants who might serve marijuana infused alcohol without knowing the affects. And he said that Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy for people who are found to be driving under the influence of marijuana.
But Rick Thompson, a board member of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML, said the proposed law is a solution to a problem that doesn’t