Häagen DAZE: Medicinal marijuana shop in California offers dope-flavoured ice cream
16th September 2010
Here's a new flavour of ice cream that you won't find in the Ben & Jerry's range - a medical marijuana dispensary in California is offering pot-infused ice cream.
Perfect for a banana spliff!
Crème De Canna on Soquel - one of California's estimated 2,000 medicinal marijuana dispensaries - sells half-pint tubs of ice cream that pack a bigger punch than your average supermarket brand.
Jonathan Kolodinski, the owner of Crème De Canna, says customers can choose from Banannabis Foster, Straw-Mari Cheesecake and Triple Chocolate Brownie.
Mr Kolodinski added that there are more flavours are in the works.
He said he was offering the ice cream as a healthy alternative to patients who do not want to smoke medical marijuana - and so far, unsurprisingly, business is booming.
He said: 'Everybody who's tried it has said they absolutely love it. A lot of people come back for seconds, thirds and fourths.'
At $15 (£9.60) a tub, the flavours sound delicious... but they are not for the weak of heart.
Mr Kolodinski said there were about two to four 'doses' of cannabis for each tub, the equivalent of smoking eight joints.
He said critics of his pot-laced ice cream shouldn't worry if the concoction was grabbing the wrong sort of attention, because - in the end - his goal was to help his patients.
He said: 'We very explicitly label all our products with a marijuana leaf that says "Keep out of reach of children". We have been very mindful.'
Mr Kolodinski also said that patients, who have to carry a card given to them by their doctor to buy the medicinal marijuana, cannot eat the ice cream at the dispensary.
Fifteen states in the U.S. have legalised medicinal marijuana - including Alaska, Hawaii and Washington DC.
California's medical marijuana industry - known as 'cannibusiness' - generates about $2 billion a year.
The state has dispensaries, co-operatives, wellness clinics and even taxi delivery services.