Ben and Jerry’s Pot-Infused Ice Cream, Could It Be So?

Marijuana infused ice creamJust about everyone loves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with its far-out flavors and names like Chunky Monkey and Phish Food. Ben & Jerry’s fans and marijuana legalization advocates have both gotten all excited at Ben & Jerry’s stating that it is considering introducing a line of marijuana-infused ice creams should marijuana become legal. The team at CBS San Francisco already has come up with the following 17 names for the cannabis-infused ice cream, should it ever become a reality:

Berry Mary Jane; Chocolate Chunk Skunk; Cannabiscotti And Creamy; Peanut Bud Er Swirl; Ganja Goji Berries and Cream; Cherry Coke Toke; No Woman, No Chai; Welcome To Peanut Butter & Jamrock; Peach And Chong Sorbet; Double Scoop Doggie Dog Crunch; M-Indica Chocolate Chip; Reefer Mocha Madness; Pineapple Express Sherbet; Sativa Strawberry Sorbet; Purple Haze Sticky Honey; Lavender; Baked Alaska Sundae; Da Kind Key Lime

And our readers on our Canna Law Blog Facebook Page (if you are not yet regularly reading it, you should!) came up with the following additional good ones:

  • Dazed and Infused
  • Dude, Where’s my Spoon
  • Story Roads
  • In the Hemp of the Night
  • Canna Butter Pecan

In an interview with Huffington Post, Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield indicated support for creating pot-infused ice cream after a viewer advocated for their doing so in states where marijuana is legal. “Makes sense to me,” Cohen told Huffington Post, to “combine your pleasures.” Greenfield was not quite as direct but admitted that “Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances, and I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing.”

Even though the interview showed that Ben & Jerry’s is down with legalization, the company may not be so comfortable with marijuana as an actual business idea, especially when its more conservative shareholders and its lawyers may not be so excited about it. Regarding actually implementing marijuana-infused ice creams in states with legal regimes, Greenfield stated that “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.” This is an indication that we will not be seeing Ben & Jerry’s cannabis-infused ice cream on the shelves in Colorado or Washington until the federal government pulls the plug on marijuana prohibition.

Ben & Jerry’s About Us tab on its website tells us that, “from a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is as legendary as the ice cream is euphoric.” Interestingly enough, Ben & Jerry’s Huffington Post interview actually sparked some dialogue in Vermont, the company’s home state, about marijuana legalization within the state’s borders. Vermont currently has a bill pending to legalize marijuana in the Senate. Should that bill pass, Vermont would become the first state to legalize marijuana through its own legislature,  rather than by a people’s initiative. Sponsored by State Senator David Zuckerman, who is also a Vermont farmer, Senate Bill 95 would tax and regulate cannabis similar to alcohol. And, of course, like all other robust state marijuana regulations, the laws surrounding edibles would ensure tight control, quality assurance standards, and strict packaging and labeling requirements. In response to the Ben & Jerry’s interview, Senator Zuckerman stated that Cohen’s and Greenfield’s comments “illustrate how businesspeople are starting to think more critically about potential new opportunities from legal weed.”

Although it’s a long shot that Ben & Jerry’s will get into the marijuana industry anytime soon, folks have already come up with some very pithy names for Ben & Jerry’s to consider if and when it ever rolls out a marijuana-infused ice cream line. In the meantime, if you have plans or even just dreams of taking your marijuana-infused ice cream or other edible nationwide, we suggest you read the following: