While we strongly believe voters should determine whether their state should legalize sale of marijuana, and we remain neutral on that question, it is misleading to compare marijuana to beer. Beer is distinctly different, both as a product and as an industry. Americans welcome beer at nearly every occasion because beer’s moderate alcohol content means it can be enjoyed sensibly. Brewers and beer importers are committed to responsible consumption, advertising, community service and working with law enforcement to promote public safety.
Many urgent questions remain unanswered about marijuana, on issues such as measuring impairment while driving, workplace liability, and the lack of science on marijuana’s impact on personal health. We urge regulators and lawmakers to address these urgent and unanswered questions as legalization of marijuana is considered.
The Beer Institute
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Washington, DC 20001