A coffee brewer in Washington state is planning to release a cannabis-infused cold-brew coffee beverage called Legal. The new product, a creation of Mirth Provisions, contains about 20 milligrams of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
According to product developer Adam Stites, the buzz from the drink, which comes in plain and cream-and-sugar flavors, is equivalent to an IPA or a single glass of wine. "We don't want to pack so much THC into every one of our drinks that it's unpleasant, especially for people that are just getting into marijuana," he told MyNorthwest.com.
Mirth also plans to release a line of juice-based sparkling sodas, each infused with its own strain of marijuana for different effects. Stites has yet to put a final price tag on the products but expects them to cost between $9 and $11, depending on how many stores want to carry the drinks.
Consumers excited at the prospect of Legal will have to wait a few more weeks for the product as Stites applies for his producer and processor license and waits for final approval from the state. Legal is still a marijuana-based product and must be regulated as such. Edible products in particular have come under scrutiny in states that have legalized pot as fears of overeating and overdosing spread. Marijuana intoxication was recently blamed for the death of a Wyoming college student who consumed roughly six times the suggested amount of cookies he purchased before jumping off a balcony.
Still, none of that is going to stop Stites. "We can produce several hundred bottles per hour," he says. "So the question for us really is how quickly are these retail stores going to be open. But we're really excited."