Senate panel OKs bill banning marijuana-infused beer

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LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to preemptively prohibit marijuana-infused beer in Michigan.

“Considering that drunk driving, on average, kills at least one person every hour, we have a big enough problem as it is — we don’t need to be adding marijuana-infused beer to the mix,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Bar owners and bartenders are having enough trouble judging when someone is intoxicated. Adding the impact of marijuana in beer could be dangerous — especially when marijuana-infused foods can take an hour to kick in.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016, an average of one death every 50 minutes.

Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia permit the recreational use of marijuana. Michigan is one of 29 states where the medical use of marijuana is permitted, and a new ballot initiative seeks to have voters legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Michigan.

Several states that permit the recreational use of marijuana have seen a rise of marijuana-infused alcohol products, such as Colorado and California.

Senate Bill 969 would ban the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, mixed wine drink, spirit drink, or spirits in Michigan.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.