By Mpumelelo Phakathi
On Monday Coca-Cola announced that it has an interest in creating a marijuana infused beverage. Kent Landers, the spokesperson of Coca-Cola announced that they intend on creating a “functional wellness” beverage.
This comes after, there has been a decline in sugary beverages around the world, as people are opting for healthy foods and conscious eating. Governments have been working tirelessly in trying to convince citizen to opt for a much healthier option.
On the First of April, South Africa introduced sugar tax to be paid by beverage manufactures.
This was done in an effort to control the high obesity rate.
A statement released yesterday, Coca-Cola communicated that it is closely monitoring the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) in beverages, “Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world” said in a statement.
Further added that “no decision have been made at this time”. It is reported that Coca Cola is currently in talks with Aurora Cannabis, a Canadian marijuana producer. CBD is non-psychoactive, known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anti-nausea effects and does not make the user intoxicated.
If Coca-Cola does go forward with creating marijuana infused beverages, it will be the first non-alcoholic manufacturer to make cannabis infused beverages. South Africans must not be excited as Marijuana is has only been legalised for private use.
Earlier this year, The Western Cape High Court past a ruling this year, allowing for the possession, cultivation and private use of marijuana at home. The Court has further made a ruling that parliament has two years to either legalize or decriminalise marijuana for personal use at home.
Today The Constitutional Court passed its judgement on the private use of marijuana. Deputy Chief Justice Zondo upheld the judgement to legalize the use of marijuana at home. Now the South African government must make a decision on the commercial use of marijuana. The chairperson of the Medicines Control Council in a press release stated “Medicines Control Council clarifies access to Cannabis for the treatment of medical conditions”