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''I was pretty shocked when I saw it. I was pretty concerned,'' he said.
Cannabis Energy Drink New Zealand, the drink's distributor in New Zealand, said in a written statement the product had been in New Zealand for more than 12 months and "we are surprised by your comments when many other products of this type have also illicit names".
The international company behind the drink, B100 Drinks, said in a statement Cannabis was cleared by all relevant Government agencies and the can clearly stated it was not recommended for children, pregnant or lactating women or caffeine-sensitive people.
"Yes, we market to young people aged between 18-35, we don't go to skate parks and hand out free samples to children.''
When asked why the drink was named Cannabis, the company said: "There is (sic) no Red Bulls in RedBull, no Rock Stars in Rockstar, no Mothers in Mother etc. There is no THC free Hemp oil in the product, NZ is one of only two countries in the world that I'm aware of that does not allow Hemp for human consumption."