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Marley drink pulled from US school

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Bob Marley

The Marley name is rarely ever combined with bad press, but yesterday, the Internet went wild with a story that a drink with the reggae icon's name was making children sick.

Despite the disclaimer that the relaxation drink is not for children, it still had to be pulled from a New Jersey school after it allegedly made several students sick.

According to a story from the Associated Press, the drink, made with valerian root, causes drowsiness and is not for children.

Another website pointed out that a clinic in the United States says valerian root is fairly safe, but that the mixture with prescription drugs may produce bad side effects.

The drink is said to reduce stress.

The school districts in the United States have a food-service provider and according to The Asbury Park Press, a manager there has been removed pending an investigation into the matter.

Up to press time, there was no word on what the symptoms of the students were.

Calls to Bob Marley Music Inc in New York to ascertain who has the licence to sell the drink went unanswered.

However, a source here in Jamaica says the Marley drink, while bearing the reggae icon's name, has nothing to do with anybody from the Marley family.