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Although it is now legal to add marijuana to a lot more products than just brownies, muffins and cookies (aka space cakes) in Colorado, health officials in the state are looking to find ways to make sure that consumers can tell the difference between “regular” food and drinks and those laced with pot. One suggestion is to make sure packing has specific colors or markings to identify them.

“I want to know what’s a Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker brownie and what’s a marijuana brownie just by looking at it. In fact, everyone, whether they are 5 or 50, needs to know what that is.”” avered state Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), who sponsored the new law requiring edible marijuana be “clearly identifiable.

Sales for edible pot (considered a more flavorful and healthier alternative to smoking marijuana) has expanded at a dizzying rate, with weed now be infused into all sorts of food products including meat dishes and cereals, as well as anything else including freshly made meals, mixes, liquids and powdered ingredients with commonly used slang terms for various recipes including"magical butter (aka "Cannabutter", "butterjuana", or "marijuana butter"). In addition, since marijuana cannabis resins are soluble in alcohol, many people (especially in Amsterdam, Holland, have been known to add them into recipes via cooking brandy or rum, etc., although just the stems and leaves of the marijuana plant are generally used due to their lower THC content when smoked.

Note for those unfamiliar with Alice B. Toklas was, she was a Jewish American woman who became a member of the Parisian avantgarde at the turn of the 20th century and was Gertrude Stein's “lover, confidante, muse, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic, and general organizer.” Although she preferred to stay in Stein’s shadow, she was brought to the forefront when Stein published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Her fame for baking pot-laced brownies was later popularized in the 1968 Peter Sellers’ romantic comedy movie “I Love You Alice B. Toklas.