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Michigan Legislature Votes to Ban Marijuana-Infused Beer

Michigan lawmakers have voted to ban marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks. Michigan lawmakers have voted to ban marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: October 02, 2018 06:20 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature would prohibit marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks in Michigan.

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The state House approved the bill (House Bill 4668) Tuesday, on a 101-4 vote. The measure would bar the use, possession or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks.

Supporters say the bill is a pre-emptive move in case Michigan voters next month legalize marijuana for recreational use. They say marijuana-infused alcohol could exacerbate intoxicated driving.

Opponents say the legislation is a solution to a nonexistent problem because there is no commercial market for marijuana-infused beverages at this time. They say even if the ballot initiatives passes, liquor establishments could not sell marijuana beverages because of a federal pot ban.

The bill includes an exception for research institutions.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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