A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

Mmmmmm. The medical marijuana edibles shown in these photos by CBS News look delicious – and what is so wrong with that?

Though I don’t regularly eat a lot of cannabis edibles, I do sometimes enjoy the overwhelming but smooth bodystone that comes with eating baked goods prepared with marijuana. When I munch-down on pot treats, I can feel the herb acting on every muscle of my body, and it is often so relaxing that I drift off to sleeplyland. The feeling, for me, is similar to taking Tylenol 3s or other drugs that contain codeine.

That’s why I get a little heartburn from reading criticisms like the one in this CBS News photo essay called “15 Medical Marijuana Munchies”. CBS claims “some medical marijuana advocates say a line has been crossed” when it comes to “packaging” pot for patients:

Marijuana is used for a variety of medical conditions, from glaucoma to cancer pain. But what’s being sold here, medical marijuana – or candy? Some marijuana advocates don’t think packaging cannabis this way is such a good idea. “Those who say marijuana is medicine had better be prepared to market it as such,” says Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

I believe St. Pierre was originally responding to a journalist for this story about the “Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and passed by the Senate in late July that would double penalties for people who make or sell pot that is combined with candy, modified by flavoring or coloring, or marketed or packaged to look like a candy product:

The bill has garnered support from unexpected quarters. Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), says that “those who say marijuana is medicine had better be prepared to market it as such – and not as candy.”

Further, says St. Pierre, those who sell pot-infused brownies, cookies and other “medical edibles,” or “medibles,” have reason to be worried, because, in his opinion, the bill is written broadly enough to include them. […]

Medical edibles are a very significant part of the multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry, says St.Pierre.

And some people cross the line, especially in advertising, he says.

Some alternative papers run ads for pot in four different ice-cream flavors. “It has a child-like appeal,” he says of one such ad. “I don’t think that was the notion of people who put out this ad, but that’s what it looks like.”

Though I see St. Pierre’s point that marketing drugs to children is bad, a harsher form of prohibition is definitely not the answer. I’m not a big fan of any kind of marketing aimed at kids – I’ve always been a little weirded out by Flintstone Vitamins and McDonald’s Happy Meals – but feel it’s really up to the parents to educate and take care of their kids.

I don’t see anything wrong with making or advertising tasty cannabis-infused treats for adults; after all, many prescription and over-the-counter medicines have been flavored to make them a little easier on the taste buds (though they often taste horrible) and look just like candy. Who can deny that a “spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down“? Why should cannabis patients be forced to consume medicine that tastes less than delicious?

Besides, with science pointing increasingly toward sugar as the cause of countless deaths and various health problems, it could be argued that sugar is worse for kids than cannabis.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.



  1. Anonymous on

    God forbid patients have an easy way to access their medication. Leave them alone. What a dumb bill.

  2. Tomas on

    Indeed, Flintstone vitamins marketing to children must be safetly stored. Just as children maybe should not be allowed to purchase McDonalds as this “foo” is far from nutrition and is killing many through the obesity epidemic they so freely participate in.

    All medications are the responsibility of the adult patient that has purchased them. I don’t need any government to regulate my personal behaviors.

  3. Anonymous on

    For small children, with cancer and such in the hospital, most people would object to them learning how to smoke. But the medicine is needed and good for them, and in a cookie or even piece of chocolate form they can eat/digest it, without having to smoke. Its just medicine. You can’t smoke a joint in a hospital, and its safer for small lungs than smoking. It makes such a difference in some cases!! I say that some baked or candy goods are needed and have a lot of hospital and medicinal value for treating sick children.

  4. undrgrndgirl on

    contain alcohol…fruit cake, rum cake, various alcohol filled chocolates, jello shots…

    fentanyl also comes in a lollipop form…

    i use cannabis to sleep…it works better for that when ingested than smoked…but i DO object to the look-alike products like buddafinger and mr. goodbud…

  5. undrgrndgirl on

    bubble gum flavored antibiotics for the kidlets…

  6. Anonymous on

    You’re right! Leave cannabis patients alone! Lots of drugs are flavored. How about a cherry Halls throat lozenge or some grape cough syrup?