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Bill headed to Governor would ban marijuana infused alcohol drinks, but is it unconstitutional?

Paul Sableman

A bill headed to the Governor's desk this week bans the creation of marijuana-infused liquors.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the state house by a vote of 101-4.

It bans the use or sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, or liquor.

Republican Representative Klint Kesto is the bill sponsor.

“We’re trying to make sure that as this is a medical product today there are appropriate regulations and prohibition on things that affect consumer safety and things that affect the public health and safety of the community.”

Republican Representative Steven Johnson voted against the bill. He said recreational marijuana is already illegal and if the ballot proposal to legalize it passes it would override this measure.

“Which leaves you with medical marijuana and then you have to amend the medical marijuana act and the legislation did not amend that act, it amended an act relating to liquor. So we amended the wrong section of law essentially.”

A spokesperson with the Governor’s office said the bill has not yet reached his desk.