Pack and pass the bowl of cannabis ice cream

Zane Watson

Editor’s Note: This article was altered due to an editorial decision to remove a quote at the source’s request. The original article can be found in the Collegian’s print archives available at Morgan Library or by request.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for Ben & Jerry’s cannabis-infused ice cream.

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The popular pint sized containers found in almost every grocery and corner-store around the nation may reach higher levels with a selection of cannabis ice cream. In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield showed support for a cannabis-infused ice cream where legal.

“Makes sense to me,” Cohen said. “Combine your pleasures.”

Jerry Greenfield followed Cohen with an indecisive response concerning such a product.

“Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances, and I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing,” he said. “It’s not my decision. If it were my decision, I’d be doing it, but fortunately we have wiser heads at the company that figure those things out.”

Alyx Anderson, graphic design student at Colorado State University, said her favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor is American Dream. Anderson doesn’t indulge in cannabis-infused treats for medical reasons, but she is in favor of the idea even though she suspects downfalls of such product.

“It’s a great business opportunity, so why not take advantage of it?” Anderson said. “The only drawback I see is the possibility of massive trouble with the federal government, considering marijuana is still illegal at the national level.”

If the Vermont-based company wished to supply this cannabis-induced product in Colorado, they would have to follow the strict regulations on edibles, and account for differing regulations between states law regarding marijuana while remaining cautious of cannabis being a Schedule 1 drug.

Freshman engineering student Jaysen Yakobson is excited about the idea, and has some ideas for ice cream names.

“If I had to go with a name, I would name it Blue Dream Ice Cream,” Yakobson said.

Yakobson cannot legally participate in the consumption of the proposed product, but he would like to see a medicinal benefit added to the cannabis infused ice cream. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a well known medical property of the cannabis plant and could provide patients pain relief through a single serving of ice cream.

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“I think cannabis ice cream would be a creative type of ice cream, especially if it had CBD oils in it,” Yakobson said.

While this speculation on a possible cannabis-infused product by the popular ice cream company gives high hopes to students, nothing is set in stone. According to a report by USA Today, Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson Sean Greenwood, said there is no talk of creating the cannabis ice cream.

Collegian Green Beat Reporter Zane Watson can be reached at news@collegian.com and on Twitter @zanerwatson.