[17 September/BBC News]

Coca-Cola appears to be ready to experiment with cannabis. It is said to be in discussions with Aurora Cannabis about cannabis-infused beverages. They would aim to relieve pain rather than intoxicate consumers. It said it was watching the cannabis drinks market closely. Cannabidol was a constituent of cannabis that could ease inflammation, pain and cramping, and had no psychoactive effect. Molson Coors Brewing said it would make cannabis-infused drinks earlier in the year. Constellation Brands had invested USD4 billion into the marijuana firm Canopy Growth. A partnership between Coca-Cola and Aurora would be the first entry of a major manufacturer of non-alcoholic drinks in the market. Coca-Cola’s shares rose slightly after the news was released.