Michigan’s House passed a first reading of SB 969 that would ban the use, possession or sale of alcoholic or non-alcolohic beer and wines that contain any amount of marihuana including CBD. The bill was introduced and passed by the Senate in May. Under the bill,  Michigan breweries and wineries would be prohibited from producing adult beverages, including non-alcoholic beer and wine, that contain THC or CBD. Supporters of the bill believe that marijuana infused alcohol will increase the liability of bartenders and bar owners. A person may not feel the effects of the marihuana right away, which would prevent the bartender from being able to assess whether an individual is visibly intoxicated.  Opponents to the bill believe that the legislature is attempting to solve a problem before it exists, and prevents Michigan from remaining competitive in the beer and wine industries.  Opponents to the bill also note that Blue Moon beer will release three marijuana infused non-alcoholic beverages in Colorado later this year.  They also note that the government of Ontario, Canada has entered into a partnership with an adult beverage company to produce a non-alcoholic beer that is produced entirely from marijuana.

The California legislature also recently passed legislation that would ban the production and sale of marijuana infused alcohol. The governor should be receiving AB-2914 Cannabis in Alcoholic Beverages for his signature shortly. Unlike the Michigan bill, California does not ban the use or possession of alcohol that is infused with marijuana.  

California Legislature Bans Production and Sale of Cannabis Infused Alcohol

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