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This Soda Really Pops

A new line of soda may hit the market soon. The main ingredient? Pot.

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    Marijuana drinks aren't new.

    At the "Farmacy" in West Hollywood, there are flavors like lemonade and pomegranate, right next to the more familiar brownies and popcorn.

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    A California entrepreneur has plans to market a line medical marijuana soft drinks, which may taste a little too great. (Published Monday, Jan. 24, 2011)

    But the drinks are getting more popular among medical marijuana patients who'd rather not light up.

    "People really like the idea of having a drink. Especially our elderly population like it a lot," said Joanna LaForce, a medical marijuana pharmacist.

    So there enters a potential game changer.

    A marijuana soda pop created by Santa Cruz Entrepreneur, Clay Butler.

    His soda comes in five flavors and has names like Canna Cola, Doc Weed, and lemon-lime Sour Diesel.

    Butler says he thinks his soda will be more appealing because they contain less THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that can leave an aftertaste.

    LaForce says there is a danger in a product which tastes too good.

    "I think it's very important that people know that it's medicine. We don't want something that tastes so good that they're going to drink a lot of it, or it might get into the hands of children," said LaForce.

    The sodas wouldn't be any more accessible than other marijuana products, Butler says, but there is another concern.

    All of the food products at the "Farmacy" go through stringent controls, and she says putting marijuana in liquids is especially difficult to do safely.

    "It's very important that your drinks are pasteurized to eliminate any microbes or bacteria. You just can't put some cannabis in there and expect it to be distributed evenly, so you get an even dose when you have that drink," said LaForce.

    Add to that, Butler says he can't get any U.S. manufacturer to make the caps for the soda, so he'll probably have to go to China.

    He originally agreed to do an interview with NBCLA, then backed out.