Sold under the label "C-Ice Swiss Cannabis Ice Tea", the beverage contains five percent hemp flower syrup and a scant (0.0015 percent) quantity of THC, the active ingredient of marijuana.
Any ingredient that could nudge it into the narcotics category has been removed and the tea will not lead to dependency, assured the promoters.
But British anti-drug campaigners say that selling the tea could prove irresponsible because it will give young people the impression that cannabis is harmless.
The product was launched in Switzerland in 2003 and is already available in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Would someone please pour this new beverage down the gullets of our editors so we newspaper reporters in the states need not file incessantly on the
local angle and nothing else? Slurp this icy black beverage and chill, boss. That goes for you, too, Rupert.