The brownie bill has many medical marijuana supporters worried. "Canna Cola and all medible manufacturers are concerned by this bill," Butler told ABC. "Hopefully it will die in the House of Representatives. This bill is a solution looking for a problem that doesn't exist. Minors can't buy medical marijuana products except in specific situations that involve parent and doctor approval at which point they can take medical marijuana," Butler says.
St. Pierre contends that medibles shouldn't be banned but child-protective measures are necessary. "If marijuana is a medicine, as we certainly believe it is, it needs to be packaged [properly] and use child proof safety like current drugs," says St. Pierre.
Butler calls the bill very subjective and says it has no connection to keeping children away from the drug.
"Kids already have easy unsupervised, unregulated access to marijuana," wrote Butler in a statement to ABC. "Kids who want to get high get their pot on the street from other kids, not from dispensaries, which require a doctor's prescription and the approval of their parent and operate responsibly under strict government laws. This bill is a cynical ploy to attack the medical marijuana laws approved by voters by creating a straw man argument about protecting children," wrote Butler.
"If marijuana is a medicine, as we certainly believe it is, it needs to be packaged [properly] and use child proof safety like current drugs," says St. Pierre.
Before Canna Cola is compared to the controversial drink Four Loko, the beverage that mixed caffeine and alcohol, coming under heavy scrutiny by the government leading to numerous bans, Butler says they're nothing alike.
"The products that are being pulled off the shelves have nothing to do with medicine. Canna Cola is medicine," Butler says. "You don't take [Canna Cola] unless you have specific medicinal reasons.
"Medical marijuana users are very sophisticated. They're not like the people buying aspirin off the shelves, they know their body," Butler says."
The pot Cola will not be distributed by Butler. Due to legal issues the drink will be produced by medical marijuana dispensaries or people certified under local and state laws.
"It's medicine, it's not a party drink," Butler says. "If that's what you want to do, then you should go pick something else."