Michigan bans marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks

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A police officer shows buds of marijuana before a news conference Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Thai police handed over around 100 kilograms of seized marijuana to be used for medical research Tuesday, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to immediately prohibit marijuana-infused alcoholic drinks in Michigan.
 
The law enacted Tuesday bars 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. They say even if the ballot initiatives passes, liquor establishments could not sell marijuana beverages because of a federal pot ban.
 
The new law does not apply to hospitals, universities, colleges and pharmaceutical companies doing research. The bill won overwhelmingly approval from lawmakers.

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