Ben & Jerry’s give green light to weed ice cream

Stoners rejoice: the founding fathers of global ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s have thrown their support behind marijuana ice cream.

The popular brand’s creators, who happen to be named Ben and Jerry, have told the media in a joint interview that they like the idea, although an actual product is not yet in the works.

“Makes sense to me,” Ben Cohen told Huffington Post Live. “Combine your pleasures.”

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Marijuana legalisation is gaining steam in the US, after the states of Colorado, Washington and Alaska have raked in millions of dollars in tax revenue from the move.

“I think legalising marijuana is a wonderful thing. Better than putting people in jail,” Mr Cohen added.

There is no chance of the weed-laced dessert making it to Australia any time soon. Possession and sale of marijuana remains a criminal offence in all states and territories, although penalties vary.

A flurry of edible cannabis products are arriving on the US market in the states where they are legal, including chocolates and cookies.

It is difficult to bond the drug’s active ingredient to food, so Australians willing to risk criminal prosecution are unlikely to be able to make their own B&J mix at home.

The snag for US consumers is that Ben and Jerry no longer own the company. It was sold to Unilever in 2001, so while their opinion may be persuasive, they can’t make the final call.

If Unilever agrees with the founders, the new flavour is sure to have a funky name.

Two scoops of A Stone’s Dough, anyone?

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