Marijuana Cheesecake: Good Medicine or Cause for Outrage?

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(CBS) Have you ever gotten a prescription for cheesecake? How about pizza with a side order of chocolate chip Rice Krispy cakes?

It's not usually what the doctor ordered, but for medical marijuana patients the taste of "medicine" is getting increasingly sweet.

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As of now, 14 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana, but growing and selling it is still a federal offense.

So, those who sell medical marijuana are operating in a gray area, but that hasn't stopped them from getting very creative.

Operators from Oregon to California are selling marijuana packed gourmet desserts and even entire meals.

By now, the medical benefits of marijuana are well documented.

Studies have shown that pot is effective in reducing muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and pain caused by certain neurological injuries or illnesses. Other studies have shown that marijuana can help with muscle spasms and the pain associated with spinal cord injuries and AIDS.

Still, the drug isn't without risks.

The Mayo Clinic warns that there could be a relationship between marijuana use and depression, as well as impaired fertility in men. 

Regardless of risks, business is booming.

Creativity of entrepreneurs from Colorado to California have created pot-infused truffles, pizzas, teas, and even baba-ganoush to make the medicine go down easy.

Here's some of our favorites. Many thanks to Denver's "Ganja Gourmet" and San Francisco's "The Green Cross" for photographs.