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Cannabis-flavoured drinks pulled

Published:  23 July, 2008

A range of cannabis-flavoured drinks has been removed from UK shelves following a regulatory investigation.

Three of Beveland SA's products - Perigan's Cannabis-Flavoured Gin, Iganoff Cannabis-Flavoured Vodka and Rodnik's Cannabis-Flavoured Absinthe - were investigated by the Independents Complaints Panel after criticism from a Bristol publican.

All three products were deemed to have breached the Portman Group's Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks.

David Poley, Portman Group Chief Executive, said the Spanish company's drink range was a rare but flagrant infringement of alcoholic marketing rules.

He continued: "Too many young adults these days regard alcohol and illicit drugs as interchangeable. The industry must not contribute to this attitude but instead distance itself totally from illegal drugs."

Speaking after the Government's summit on underage drinking last month, Mr Poley said the industry was determined to prove its activity does not encourage harmful consumption.