For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with her life, Alice B. Toklas was a literary and artistic figure during the first half of the twentieth century. Born in the United States, she moved to France in 1907 and took up residence as the companion, secretary and editor of Gertrude Stein, the American-born author and art collector. The two hosted a salon in Paris in which they entertained writers and artists of the day, including Ernest Hemingway, Thornton Wilder, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others. Toklas was a behind the scenes character, whose name was not well known until Stein published her best-selling book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, in 1933.

The most enduring work of Toklas was a mixture of recipes and memoirs entitled The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook. Published in 1954, it remains famous not for the reminiscences of life in the Paris salons, but for its most famous recipe.

All of which brings us to the subject of brownies and marijuana . . .

Labeled in the book as “Haschich Fudge”, the recipe is a mixture of fruits, nuts and “canibus sativa” (sic), which went a long way to creation of a later mixture known as Alice B. Toklas brownies. They usually consist of brownies with cannabis (herbal or resin), and are also known as hash brownies and space cakes. Toklas mentions in her book that those trying the recipe can expect fits of laughter and flooding thoughts.

We don’t know if the students at Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School are avid followers of Toklas or Gertrude Stein, but one of them, police say, baked brownies and cookies laced with marijuana and sold them to fellow students. An article indicates that as 30 students became sick after eating the brownies. Based upon statements from some of the students, it may be that the mixture contained not only marijuana, but also “spice”, or synthetic THC.

According to police, the brownies and cookies were brought to school by a 16-year old boy, who allegedly admitted that he sold them to 11 students. The student has been arrested and charged with several marijuana related offenses.

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