It makes sense that out of all the gas station iced teas out there, Arizona would be the one to dip into weed. I mean, there’s no way that the Snapple Lady would let this happen. And Lipton and Pure Leaf are too square and basic to party like this. That leaves (or leafs, if you will) Arizona Iced Tea to pick up the weed flavored pieces.
According to Vice
Now, according to the Wall Street Journal you may soon be able to down an Arizona Iced Tea and get stoned all in one gulp. The Woodbury, New York–based beverage titan has penned a licensing deal with Dixie, a prominent cannabis company in Denver, that could eventually produce weed-infused drinks.
The move—still in its early stages, and pending Dixie’s board’s approval—is, in many ways, a preemptive strike. It’s a bet, much like predicting a stock, that mainstream brands with nostalgic appeal and cannabis will have an intimate future, experts said, one that could be just the start of a flood of corporate pivots to weed.
There are some set backs with making some Snoop Dog-flavored iced tea as different states have different laws for cannabis, making mass production difficult. And they could be mistaken for a non-weed soaked drink and get your ice tea drinking grandma accidentally stoned.
Still, the logistics of distributing such a product are uniquely thorny, in that you can’t make a product like weed-soaked Arizona Iced Tea and transport it (in bulk or otherwise) legally across state borders.
Naturally, there are other potential setbacks to the inevitable commercialization, even if it makes perfect economic sense. Among them, in the view of Robert MacCoun, a professor of law at Stanford University, is that it might increase the number of consumers.
“Arizona Beverage Company is making a perfectly sensible decision when considered purely as a business decision,” MacCoun wrote in an email. “But one doesn’t have to be a ‘reefer madness’ hysteric to ask, ‘Hmm, a refrigerator full of reefer drinks on a hot summer day—what could possibly go wrong?'”
Honestly, weed-soaked iced tea drink mix-ups don’t really scare me. I do get more nervous with all the weed gummies, only because when I was a kid my ass would hunt out candy like a bloodhound dog searching for an active criminal; like I would run through the forrest because of a scent of a Snickers and show up at my neighbors like I know you have some.
We’ll see though, hopefully Arizona can make this happen, because it’d be nice to have a downer to drink after getting the meth shakes from drinking Arizona’s usual recipe (carbonated corn syrup with heaping servings of artificial tea flavored-sugar).