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Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 18:59 GMT 19:59 UK
Children's 'Cannabis' drink inquiry
Soft drink
The drink is believed to be imported from Switzerland
An investigation has been launched into a soft drink called Cannabis that is being sold in the UK and was given out free to a group of school children.

The canned lemonade drink - which was imported from Switzerland - was given to more than 200 children from schools in Aberystwyth, west Wales, attending the opening of a local cycle network.



When I got the call to say that the drink was called Cannabis I ordered them to be taken away immediately

Owen Watkins of Ceredigion County Council

A spokeswoman for the British Soft Drink Association confirmed that an immediate inquiry would be made into the drink.

"We will be investigating this drink, look at its labelling and find out where exactly it is coming from," said spokesman Christine Milburn.

"And we intend to work closely with trading standards officers and the Portman Group."

Chief executive of Ceredigion County Council Owen Watkins had ordered the drink off the shelves of a leisure centre's cafe when he realised what it was called.

'Completely unacceptable'

He said that, from the wording on the can, it claimed to be made from hemp resin.

Mr Watkins said the council had asked staff at the privately-run Plascrug Leisure Centre cafe to provide refreshments but was "shocked" by what they were served.

"We had asked for soft drinks to be supplied for the event," he said.

"When I got the call to say that the drink was called Cannabis I ordered them to be taken away immediately.

"We have very strong views on dealing with drugs especially in schools. It is completely unacceptable to give children a drink called Cannabis.

"Whether it is legal or not, we have had it removed from our premises."

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