Bob Marley Drink Sickens Kids, Banned In NJ Schools

Kim LaCapria

A Bob Marley drink popular among kids in some schools in New Jersey has been banned after its stated effects were reported to be perhaps a bit too effective, making students feel ill and sleepy.

You may have noticed the Bob Marley drink in gas stations or convenience stores, and the brand certainly makes use of some of the late reggae idol's pop-culture associations in marketing it.

Part of a new trend of "relaxation" products (like pseudo pot brownies available in similar venues), Marley's Mellow Mood had also been available for sale by Chartwells School Dining Services to Satz and Holmdel High School students -- where some took ill and reacted badly to the supposedly calming beverage.

In a statement addressing the Bob Marley drinks and their possible "whoa, dude" effects, Chartwells said:

"We sincerely regret that this product was sold and that students had an adverse reaction to it ... Chartwells takes great pride and care in partnering with our school communities to provide the best school dining experience possible and we take this situation very seriously."

In addition to other herbs, the Bob Marley drink contains relaxation-promotion ingredients like valerian root, which has been used as a treatment for insomnia and restlessness. Lemon balm, chamomile, and hops are also part of the relaxing herbs contained in the Bob Marley drink.

Chartwells has also removed a manager as the Bob Marley drink situation is investigated.