|Canna Cola, Doc Weed, Sour Diesel, Grape Ape and Orange Kush are slated to become available at U.S. medical-marijuana dispensaries beginning in February. (Courtesy of Clay Butler/Canna Cola)
A California man is hoping to have a line of soft drinks laced with the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis available on the U.S. market by February.
Soquel, Calif., commercial artist and designer Clay Butler has told local media he doesn't do drugs, drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes but feels adults should be able to ingest what they choose.
"Even though, personally, I'm not interested and I don't think it's right for me," Butler told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, "I'm a firm believer that adults have an inalienable right to think, eat, smoke, drink, ingest,
decorate, dress any way they choose to do so. It's your life; it's your body."
Though other marijuana sodas exist, Butler feels his design background will ensure the marketing of his product will be different.
Other sodas are "so mom-and-pop, hippie-dippy and rinky-dink," he said.
The "Just Say Yes" slogan and logo featuring a cannabis leaf made out of soda pop bubbles are aimed at trying to get the product to appeal to a wider audience. But U.S. laws means the soda will only be legally available to patients with a medical marijuana prescription.
Canna Cola will be the flagship product but the line will include other flavours, such as Doc Weed, Sour Diesel, Grape Ape and Orange Kush. Each soda will contain 35 to 65 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is substantially less than what is found in similar drinks, giving Clay's products a milder marijuana taste. The bottles are expected to sell for between $10 to $15.
The marijuana soda is slated to go on sale at medical-marijuana dispensaries in some of the western states beginning in February.