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Marijuana-laced soft drinks stir controversy

January 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A new soft drink line for medicinal use is hitting the market and packs quite a punch. It's spiked with marijuana.Some people are concerned that the colorful labels and marketing style will appeal to the wrong audience.

"This should appear to be a legitimate form of medication, not a soda pop that children could easily confuse as a real soda pop," said Bob Cooke with the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.

"Pills are just as easy to get their hands on and should be kept in a safe place and that is the responsibility of the parent," said Dave Hodges, manager of the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective.

Collectives in California already sell a line of medical marijuana drinks that contain about 2.5 grams of dry cannabis per 12 ounces. They cost $10 per bottle.

The new soft drink has about a third of that potency. The maker is hoping to launch the drinks in Colorado in February with the possibility of future sales in California.