Brandenburg backs legislation to ban marijuana-infused alcohol
Several states that allow the recreational use of marijuana have seen a rise in popularity of marijuana-infused alcohol products, especially in Colorado and California.
I recently supported legislation now signed into law that pre-emptively prohibits the sale and use of marijuana-infused beer, wine and spirits. Under Public Act 346 of 2018, violators are guilty of a misdemeanor. Adding marijuana to alcoholic beverages makes it more difficult for law enforcement and others to judge when someone is intoxicated and could lead to more traffic safety problems.
The new law also applies to nonalcoholic beverages such as nonalcoholic beer or wine.
New website provides resources on opioid epidemic
The opioid epidemic has touched communities across our state, claiming the lives of more than 6,000 Michigan residents in the past four years. A new website featuring information and resources was recently launched to help stop this tragic crisis.
The new site — www.michigan.gov/opioids — makes it easier for people to find help and access information more quickly. It includes maps showing where licensed treatment centers and takeback sites to dispose of unneeded medication are located. Along with information to find and get help, the website provides information on prescription data of controlled substances for prescribers and pharmacists. A special section includes legislation enacted into law to better protect Michiganders, with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) information sheet on Michigan opioid laws.
Firearm deer season opens Nov. 15
Hunting is a valued way of life in Michigan. Hunters play an important role in wildlife conservation and management while contributing more than $2 billion to the state economy and supporting 25,500 direct jobs.
More than 90 percent of hunters purchase a deer license. Last year, nearly 575,000 deer hunters harvested about 376,000 deer. Good luck, hunters, and stay safe!
Firewood: Buy it local, burn it local
Hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts planning to camp or enjoy a bonfire this fall are reminded to burn only certified firewood or buy it where you burn it. Aged or seasoned wood can still harbor invasive species, moving pests from one location to another. Wood that looks clean can have insect eggs or fungi spores that could lead to a new infestation.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that invasive insects and diseases have killed millions of trees in Michigan, often after hitching a ride on firewood.
Prepare for hazardous winter weather
With winter weather upon us, the Michigan State Police (MSP) advises Michigan residents to plan for hazardous conditions. Severe weather can mean freezing pipes, power outages and stranded vehicles. Safety planning tips include:
- Installing carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas;
- Having your fireplace and furnace cleaned and inspected; and
- Preparing an emergency kit for both your house and your car.
Find more information, including the publication, How to Prepare for a Winter Storm, at www.michigan.gov/miready.