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Would You Put Cannabis in Your Coffee?

A San Diego-based company wants to add a buzz to your morning cup of coffee.

BrewBudz are K-cups that can be put into a coffee Keurig and made into marijuana-infused coffee.

BrewBudz also makes tea, both with caffeine and an herbal tea for bedtime.

"A lot of people are under the impression that cannabis is a downer, and that is only 50 percent true," said Kevin Love, director of strategic accounts for U.S. Coffee, helping to launch BrewBudz. "There's different strains of the plant.

The product raises economic questions on what kind of niche San Diego will carve out once recreational marijuana is fully legal in California come January 2018.

There have been concerns from the San Diego Police Department that with the release of new recreational marijuana products, new safety concerns will come up. For instance, officers fear people will be more inclined to smoke marijuana before getting behind the wheel of a car or before going to work.

"You wouldn't drink alcohol before work and that is legal," said Love. "There is a stigma with marijuana. Putting it in a coffee or tea removes the stigma of something that is actually medicinal and normalizes it."

BrewBudz will be available in local dispensaries within 60 to 90 days, Love added.

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