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Melissa Etheridge starts cannabis infused wine line

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has a new passion project: cannabis infused fine wines.

melissa etheridgeShe has partnered up with the Santa Cruz-based medical marijuana dispensary, Greenway Compassionate Relief to cultivate this wine tincture.

Etheridge told CBS News, “You feel a little buzzed from the alcohol and then get a delicious full body buzz.”

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Etheridge was prescribed pot during her chemotherapy and began to see the plant a bit differently.

She now wants to change the public perception of the plant and show its benefits using her new product.

“Once I considered it medicine, I became much more interested and have taken it into my lifestyle to keep stress down and keep my GI system level – it’s been messed up since chemo,” Etheridge said.

To the contrary, Dr. Stephen Ross, director of NYU’s Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, is not convinced that prescribing alcohol is a rational idea, telling CBS News, “Alcohol is carcinogenic and highly toxic. Mixing cannabis with alcohol is not a good idea from a perspective of wanting to introduce cannabis as a medicine.”

This may be all right, however, for Etheridge as more states continue to legalize recreational cannabis. The untouched liquid marijuana business may be a place she can find a niche.

With 90 cases of wine at the moment, Etheridge expects production to grow significantly as states become more relaxed with their pot laws.

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