Michigan residents may soon be able to drink marijuana-infused beverages as the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced on Monday, Jan. 4th the anticipated guidelines for THC-infused beverages.
The drinks may be available for sale at licensed marijuana stores once approved by the state licensing agency.
The allowed marijuana-infused beverages would not include non-alcoholic beer, which the state defines as “any beverage obtained by alcoholic fermentation of an infusion or decoction of barley, malt, hops, or other cereal in potable water.”
State law doesn’t currently allow any business or other entity that doesn’t hold a license from the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency to sell any marijuana products so for the time being, marijuana-infused beverages are likely to be confined to marijuana shops only.
Many Michigan beverage manufacturers have been collaborating with marijuana companies in anticipation.
“We are thrilled about the addition of cannabis-infused beverages to Michigan’s legal recreational cannabis market,” said Skymint Brands Chief Brand and Product Officer Laurie Gregory.
“Infused beverage sales are booming in legal recreational markets around the country, and for good reason. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the food and drink they consume, with many looking to cut back on alcohol, in particular.”
Skymint is working with Shorts Brewing Company on marijuana-infused products, including beverages.
“The success of our cannabis-infused, beer-inspired gummies, crafted in collaboration with our friends at Short’s Brewing, have proven just how fun and innovative such category-bending products can be,” Gregory said. “Our collective talented teams are hard at work creating unique cannabis beverage experiences which taste great and provide immediate effects, all while offering convenience and discretion.”
The drinks are expected to launch their line of marijuana-infused beverages later this year.