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As more states legalize pot for fun and medicine, edibles industry burgeons

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    In this Thursday, July 10, 2014, photo, students taste a cannabis-infused dipping sauce prepared during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for medical and recreational use is giving rise to a cottage industry of foods, infused olive oils, cookbooks and classes as more states legalize marijuana use. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, July 10, 2014, photo, Melissa Fitzgerald discusses how to prepare a cannabis-infused dipping sauce during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. Some pot users turn to edibles because they don’t like to inhale or smell the smoke, or just want variety or a longer lasting, more intense high. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, July 10, 2014, photo, Mike Fitzgerald holds a storage bag of cannabis-infused cookies marked "medicated" during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. For many sick people, especially those with cancer, smoking marijuana is not a safe option, and some edibles can deliver a longer-lasting therapeutic dose that doesn’t give them a buzz. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, July 10, 2014, photo, a student examines a sample of the cannabis strain "granddaddy purple" during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for medical and recreational use is giving rise to a cottage industry of foods, infused olive oils, cookbooks and classes as more states legalize marijuana use. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Thursday, July 10, 2014, photo, Mike Fitzgerald, right, teaches behind a sample display of cannabis-infused products during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. Some pot users turn to edibles because they don’t like to inhale or smell the smoke, or just want variety or a longer lasting, more intense high. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

Move over, pot brownies.

The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry. Cookbooks, classes and vendors are spreading information on ways to make candies, infused olive oils and more.

Many pot users turn to edibles because they don't like to inhale or smell the smoke or just want variety or a longer lasting, more intense high. For many people who are sick or in pain, some edibles can deliver a longer-lasting therapeutic dose that doesn't give them a high.

Education about proper dosing has become a priority at dispensaries and cooking classes after at least one death and a handful of hospital visits have been linked to consuming too much of an edible.