The ban is being sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) who—despite his own belief that cannabis should remain illegal—thinks that if recreational cannabis appears on the November ballot voters will approve it. In the face of this he wants to deal with what he sees as one of the more dangerous cannabis products which may hit the market.
"If we don’t ban it, we’re going to have it, and it is a recipe for disaster," Jones said. "If you want it, go to Colorado or Canada. We don’t need it here."
Josh Hovey, a spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Alcohol Like Marijuana, says Jones' fear that cannabis-infused beer could be sold at bars is creating potential liability issues for proprietors is unfounded. This is because recreational cannabis would be sold only in licensed dispensaries, similar to the may Michigan currently regulates their medical marijuana program.
"So once it passes, people won’t be seeing bars or liquor stores, or even convenience stores for that matter, selling cannabis products—just dispensaries," Hovey said.
And with the tired stereotypes of cannabis consumers that Jones is spouting, it doesn't seem likely anything will change until the citizens' initiative comes in to play.
"I’m so happy that instead of becoming stoners in Michigan, they’ll go to Canada or they’ll go to California," Jones said when the Senate voted in the ban. "Thank goodness."