DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is lactose intolerant, so eating ice cream “is always challenging,” the lawmaker divulged. But on Thursday, Polis dipped his spoon into Zendulgence hemp gelato, a dairy-free alternative made from the controversial hemp plant. “I’m really excited,” he said. “I scream, you scream, we all scream, for hemp ice cream,” he rhymed.
Polis is among a number of lawmakers who are trying to change the law, so that the hemp plant can be legally grown in the United States. Hemp gets a bad rap thanks to its druggie cousin, marijuana. Industrial hemp, as it’s called, doesn’t get people high and instead can be used as a building material, in clothing and in food products–including ice cream. Currently, the hemp sold in the United States is grown in other countries.