Marijuana-flavored ice cream cones sound like a novel idea, but they could be coming to a local Ben and Jerry’s soon. The founders of the pop culture ice creamery hinted in an interview Wednesday with HuffPost Live that weed-infused or pot edible ice cream is not out of the question as an addition to their whimsical menu of flavors once — or if — cannabis is legalized and the current B & J execs adopt the idea.
In a move that stoner duo Cheech and Chong would be proud of, Ben & Jerry’s creators, Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen, fielded a question about the possibility of adding weed-flavored ice cream to their product mix. Cohen’s response was simple, but spoke volumes.
“Makes sense to me. Combine your pleasures.”
Greenfield admitted that he and Cohen are not suggesting that the company pursue what would be a groundbreaking moment for the company they founded. However, considering they are products in a time in that smoking weed was the cool thing to do, it’s not out of the question. They leave the operation decisions to the current corporate movers and shakers in Ben and Jerry’s.
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“Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances and, you know, I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing rather than putting people in jail for not hurting anybody else. And I’m very supportive of that.”
In the ’60s and ’70s, smoking pot was part of the flower-power movement, a time in which the baby boomers of today were free-spirited and hellbent on rebelling against the bureaucratic machine of the time. Then, slowly, the “Just Say No” movement, spearheaded by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, emphasized that partaking in marijuana was not only illegal, but a threat to the family structure and social framework of American consciousness.
Fast-forward to today, a renaissance of sorts has made smoking cannabis socially acceptable again. Currently, casual use of weed is legal in Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, Alaska, and most recently — drum roll — the District of Columbia. More lobbying efforts are underway to compel other states to follow suit. So, weed in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream may not be simply a novel idea that has no chance of coming into fruition.
Many, like Ben and Jerry’s founders, endorse the idea of weed ice-cream. Besides, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Salted Caramel are becoming so old school.
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