Cannabis beers and other alcoholic beverages are seen as a possible major market in the marijuana industry. However if you want to make a cannabis beer in California, you'll have to make sure it's non-alcoholic.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued a new memo that alcohol cannot be infused with any sort of cannabis. That means you cannot infuse THC, the cannabinoid in marijuana that makes you high, with alcohol, but you also can't infuse CBD, the cannabinoid that doesn't get you high and causes many of marijuana's beneficial effects, either.
The ABC memo is based on another policy from the California Department of Public Health that said hemp-based CBD couldn't legally be added to food or drink. The ABC memo also also reminded restaurants and bars that they cannot allow patrons to use marijuana at their establishments and they cannot sell alcohol and cannabis at the same place.
If you're wondering how serious this memo is, it's pretty serious. The ABC is the body that controls and regulates alcohol licenses in California. If an establishment is found violating its rules, it could lose its liquor license. So unfortunately it seems that THC or CBD infused alcoholic beverages will not be available in California in the near future.
(h/t Marijuana Business Daily)