Marijuana-Laced Soda 'Pops' Up in Colo.

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Medical marijuana is legal as a prescription for patients in 15 states. That goes not only for marijuana that people can smoke, but also pot that they can eat and even drink.

Now a new marijuana soda drink has stirred up controversy, because some say it could be tempting for children.

Some medical marijuana stores in San Jose, Calif., have sold food containing marijuana, like cheese crackers, funny honey and even soda.

Just one of the 12-ounce bottles of soda contains a whopping 2.5 grams of dried cannabis -- the same amount that can be found in an average marijuana joint.

The marijuana-laced sodas will go on sale in February in Colorado where medical marijuana is legal. While it's not the first soda to include pot, it comes with packaging that could be enticing to children. That fact concerns narcotics officers like Bob Cooke.

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

However, Dave Hodges, who runs a medical marijuana dispensary, said parents need to protect their children.

"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," Hodges said.

This is not the first food and drug combo controversy. The last one to create a nationwide buzz was called Whipped Lightning, a type of whipped cream that contains 15 percent alcohol.

It became popular on college campuses.

"Even regular whipped cream is something people don't use in moderation -- alcoholic whipped cream, I don't know if that would be a good idea," said Lisette Diaz, a college student of the University of Central Florida.

While these drug-laced foods may be sold in limited settings, their appeal to minors is a red alert for drug enforcement officers and parents alike.

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