Popular desert manufacturer Ben and
Jerry’s has vowed to put a cannabis ice cream on supermarket shelves as soon as
the US relaxes laws on CBD products.
Bosses at the Vermont-based factory say
they are keen to see US officials drive through legislation that will make
cannabidiol – the non-psychoactive chemical compound of marijuana – a legal
additive to food and drink.
The country’s Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) presently bans the use of CBD in any foodstuffs.
However, the company’s CEO, has made
an appeal to a recent FDA-backed public hearing on the scientific data and
safety of CBD.
Matthew McCarthy argues that direct
demand from ice cream lovers should be taken seriously.
“We’ve listened and brought them
everything from non-dairy indulgences to on-the-go portions with our pint
slices,” he stated.
“We aspire to love our fans more
than they love us and we want to give them what they’re looking for in a fun,
Ben and Jerry’s way.”
He further encouraged customers to
send their comments to the FDA as the investigation continues over the
legalisation of CBD products at a federal level.
Ben and Jerry’s joins a list of
well-known US brands pushing the CBD issue with the authorities.
Recently, the founder of the Jelly
Belly Company – David Klein – added CBD-infused jelly beans to his production
line, only for Jelly Belly to then issue a strong statement distancing itself
from Klein’s product.
Bosses said that it “would currently
be illegal for Jelly Belly” to produce such a confectionary.