A rose by any other name

Steve Elliott nails it in The Great ‘Marijuana’ Debate: What’s In A Word?

There are those within the cannabis movement who will tell you with a straight face that the reason the plant is still illegal is because it is called “marijuana.” That’s overreaching wildly.

And you have to ask yourself: How much chance do we stand of changing the minds of the general public about cannabis, when we spend most of our energy fighting amongst ourselves about what to call the damn stuff?

Yes, I personally know of activists that spend way more time and energy attacking other activists — with whom they should be strategizing — for using the word “marijuana”!

This creates another problem, as well. When members of the public at large see some members of the cannabis community shushing and shaming other members for using the word “marijuana,” that sure makes the whole enterprise look iffy to an outsider.

Steve does a great job of looking at the history of the words and the silliness of fighting for one over another.

Yes, I try to use “cannabis” when I’m writing formally, but there’s no way I’m going to stop using “marijuana.”

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35 Responses to A rose by any other name

  1. divadab says:

    I’m not going to stop using marijuana, either.

  2. Maria says:

    So yeah. Ok. I’ll admit that I used to be a prissy thing about this “issue” or rather, non-issue.

    However, a while back I reconsidered. I realized I was wrong. Wrong for the reasons outlined above and wrong because context is important. It’s like using ‘wine’ or ‘booze’ or ‘alcohol’ or ‘drinks’. Like using ‘bike’ or ‘ride’ or ‘machine.’ I guess that now my choice of which to use is more an aesthetic one. It has nothing to do with some misguided ‘right/wrong’ terminology. I really, genuinely LOVE the word cannabis. It’s such a beautiful word.

    I’m more concerned now about the coherence and intelligence of the message and the accuracy and application of facts.

  3. DdC says:

    “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana
    is its effect on the degenerate races.”
    – Harry J. Anslinger

    It’s a derogatory buzzword and anyone ignorant enough to keep using it after knowing this would say the same about the “N”, “K” and “C” words. Ridiculous. That is the entire Neocon agenda. Use words to win a point in spite of their definitions, same as using lies to win a point. Words do matter. The “M” word had connotations stigmatizing Mexicans and grouping them into the mix of “degenerates”. Fear mongering rednecks into believing their precious lilly white daughters would become Mexican table dancers and Burro sluts if they dared to take a toke. Ganja is from the Ganges and some of the earliest tokers still use it. Good enough for me. Cannabis is also good in any Medical report as it is Latin and appropriate. So all you ignorant motherfuckers out there, cut the shit!

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  5. Duncan20903 says:

    I’m very pleased to announce that I was wrong, wrong, wrong about an NDA sporting the signature of one Mr. Cheye Calvo. He was kind enough to write me a note, which you can see of the FOCC Facebook page’s wall.

    Duncan- We did not and will not sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Both the reforms, when finalized, and the full account will be public. Thanks for you kind words and support. Best, Cheye

    By the way. Mr. Calvo is now CXO of The Seed Foundation. I don’t know what either a CXO or a Seed Foundation is. It would help if there were more on their Seed Foundation’s Facebook page than a Facebook page.


    Here’s a bar called Hummingbird to Mars. What a great sense of irony and knowledge of drinking alcohol prohibition arcana.


    What are “infused” vodkas? Is that like Red Bull and Vodka premixed?

    There’s as much chance of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment as there is for a hummingbird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail. — Know Nothing prohibitionist visionary Senator Morris Shepard of Texas, 1930

    Today I stumbled across the history of PETA. I had no clue that they’ve been around since 1929.


    (clue: it’s humor)

  6. Duncan20903 says:

    You know I had been under the mistaken impression, up until today, that Messrs. Hurst and Anslinger had basically invented the m word. Earlier this afternoon I was reading the history of “La Cucuracha”.

    The m word was added at the turn of the 20th century decades before the Hurst & Anslinger Dog & Pony Show opened it’s doors. Didja know that wasn’t originally a Mexican song, or that it is (or was) a living song without fixed lyrics? There was no mention of the m word until the Mexican’s appropriated it from the Spanish.

    I agree with Mr. Elliot. The British and Australians have no problem whatever making the word cannabis sound like the 2nd dirtiest word in the human language, “legalization” being the more offensive word.

    I still can’t bring myself to use it for more than searching Google news, and detest that and would quit there if I could find a reasonable substitute. Alas, cannabis and muggles just don’t cut it. Cannabis gives me British and Australian news, muggles gives me Louis Armstrong and Harry Potter, dope brings up too many stories about plumbers, wacky tobaccy brings up nothing but old news, Pakalolo would work if I were Hawaiian-centric, “the m word” brings up my posts. Suggestions would be appreciated.

    Other people using it has ceased worrying me.

    • Common Science says:

      Yeah by now the use of either word has been emitting a cacophony of positive/negative descriptions. But the intent of the differing words in the 1930’s had distinct connotations; one a medicine, the other a poison.

      The lurid media campaign aiming to outlaw the whole spectrum of the cannabis plant’s functionality was obviously perceived by industry to be successful only by deception. Being bombarded by newspaper and magazine stories and authoritative voices over the radio of the atrocities fuelled by the ‘new mexican drug menace’ marihuana, must have had anxious citizens reaching into their medicine cabinet for their cannabis tinctures.

      At the the height of the drug policy formative years concerning muggles, journalists couldn’t even come to a consensus on the origin of the ‘m’ word:

      “The killer was a narcotic known to America as marihuana and to history as hashish…”

      “Marijuana is simply the spanish nickname for the drug. One story has it that it was named for a lady peddler from Mexico, one Maria Juana…”

      “Marihuana is the Mexican-Indian slang derived from Mary and Jane…”

      “The name marijuana is said to be a corruption of the Portuguese word mariguango, meaning intoxicant…”

      Even at that it took five years to banish cannabis from the Pharmacopeia listing.

      • Common Science says:

        Harry Anslinger specifically used the word marihuana to great effect in his original media campaigns of the 1930’s. By the 1960’s relatively no one was using the word cannabis in America. All the media had used the word ‘marijuana’ for the previous few decades. Anslinger perceived this and changed his writing tactics in 1961. For the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, Anslinger snuck in the word ‘cannabis’ to be included with the other restricted narcotics:

        “The sleeper in the treaty was that for the first time in an international control agreement, marijuana was included. One of the principal witnesses before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which held a brief hearing on the treaty last April 27, was Anslinger. He said one important reason for signing the treaty was that it could be used “to resist legalized use of marijuana.” Few Senators heard him, even though legal experts had warned repeatedly against the adoption of any international treaties which bound internal laws, and the Senate, without debate, voted 84-0 on May 8 to accede to the convention. The word “marijuana” is used nowhere in the treaty. Instead, the word “cannabis” is mentioned several times and is included in a list of drugs for which criminal penalties shall be imposed for possession.”

        -James Sterba, ESQUIRE Magazine, August 1968

  7. Ben says:

    I can’t believe that this idiotic movement against the term “marijuana” has picked up enough steam to have zealots. Pot is thoroughly socially stigmatized, and trying to “change the name” isn’t going to suddenly make it acceptable to the anti-drug crowd.

    Dope, reefer, weed, pot. Am I not allowed to call it any of those, either? Marijuana is what they called it when it was criminalized, and marijuana is what we’ll call it when we decriminalize it.

  8. Bruce says:

    I was building dope-and-canvas airplanes long before the tax-funded malarkists began perverting the word in relation to their demon-of-the-century substance. Fags make me gag but I still smoke anyways. ‘Swat liberty’s all about. My aunty wore stants.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      You are referring to cigarettes when you mention fags, am I correct? At first glance I thought you were a hater, then realized your post is ambiguous.

      Have you given e-cigs a try? I just found out they’re little frickin’ vaporizers a few weeks ago. There are people that use them to enjoy cannabis extracts. Of course the FDA wants to ban them. We can’t have tobacco addicts that don’t get horribly sick and die, now can we? Oh I suppose if they buy gum from the right people it’ll be allright.

      I really do have to give one of those things a try for some cannabis extract. One significant problem with vapes is that portability is a PITA. But that will be a thing of the past in a couple of years.

      (apologies if the FDA thing is a repeat, I think I recall posting it here the other day.)

  9. Duncan20903 says:

    One other observation, due to my adversity to the word I’ve found that using variant spellings like merry wanna or merryjewanna can be very effective in adding an implication of denigration when writing a screed on the subject beyond the word’s origin.

    The queers intentionally disabled the offensiveness of that word by adopting it. Queer Nation is an example and those who initiated that particular movement IIRC. The assertion that one can’t be offended by another without consenting resonates loudly to me.


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  11. claygooding says:

    Calling if marijuana inflames some but calling it pot could get you stoned,,,,,literally.

  12. Matthew Meyer says:

    Steve Elliott says he’ll keep the term because of the way it indexes the 60s. But wasn’t “marihuana” or “marijuana” mostly the straight term? I think my dad always called it “dope” or “grass”. Should those be the terms we’re defending?

  13. kant says:

    I actually disagree with you peter…well partically disagree. On a normal basis I couldn’t care less whether a person uses the term marijuana or cannabis (personally I use cannabis because it rolls off the tongue better).

    The part I disagree with you about is when it comes to specific names. There was this article I found last march that basically talks about the exact infighting you’re talking about.

    What I will fight about is when it comes to specific names of strains of cannabis. When it comes to strain names, I find it irritating that people want/try to change the names to make them more publicly acceptable. The reason is because someone, somewhere, spent time, money and their experience to develop the strain. To take someone else’s hard work and relabel it offends me. It would be like someone buying a create of coca cola and calling it something else because the name coca cola makes a reference to cocaine.

  14. darkcycle says:

    I’m not convinced the hermaneutics of word selection has any impact at all on the arguement. I use the word marijuana as well as the word cannabis. It’s in the venacular and it’s proper, regardless of it’s racist overtones.
    It is wholly incorrect and a false analogy to equate it to words like the “N” word. It is a slur against a plant (that has rascist origins, I’ll agree), not a label for a class of person. It would be realistic to equate “wetback” or “beaner” to such racial slurs, not marijuana. Nobody ever called a person or a race “marijuana” to belittle or denigrate them.
    And DdC, you’re out of line…again.

  15. TrebleBass says:

    I think it does matter what we call it. Cannabis is good when implying the respect the plant deserves, and we should overall strive to get more people to call it that. But marijuana is what most people know it as, and sometimes it might be more effective (imo), when someone who’s anti-pot has been saying bad things about it, to answer their posts with the word they themselves use. They have this horrible “marijuana” in their minds, and that’s directly what we want to aim at when we want to change something in their minds. When we introduce the word ourselves, though, we should use cannabis.

    Although there’s also the aspect of just using the word that comes to mind first, and I grew up with the word marijuana (before I even smoked it). I personally don’t want to restrict my own freedom to use whatever word happens to come to mind. Marijuana is also historically what it has been known as for a long time, and that has some kind of value too. But cannabis really is a better word in terms of the respect the plant deserves.

  16. malcolm kyle says:

    All the good stuff has already been said so I’ve nothing to add.

    A U.S. Border Patrol agent was fired last week for saying in a casual conversation that legalizing and regulating drugs would help stop cartel violence along the southern border with Mexico. A single comment founded in good logic and good faith has brought the hammer of “justice” down on a federal employee. This is the stink of fascism, and it’s creeping faster than ever.

    Utah police recently shot and killed a man while raiding his parents’ home in search of drugs. One of the officers, seeing that the man was holding a golf club, fired three shots into the man’s chest without demanding that he put down the club. The officer (who was probably wearing body armor) thought that the golf club was a sword. This isn’t Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, pigs. These are people’s lives. The kicker to this story is that these uniformed gangsters couldn’t even remember to bring the warrant to the house that they would soon turn into a gruesome murder scene.

    The only real purpose for having a government is protection. Do you feel protected by your government? Do you really feel safe around a police officer? Before you vote again, consider these questions.

    Charismatic Leader Turns Condescending Demagogue

  17. DdC says:

    Pete said: I think you’re making his point…

    “If you’re not careful,
    the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed,
    and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
    ~ Malcolm X

    His point is ridiculous. Appeasing, political correctness or sales techniques. Would he have said the same thing to rednecks unloading the slave ships? Just a word… MFer is just a word, a vibration. It’s Letterman’s stupid human tricks from elitist academia’s, christian temperance league women and wealthy limp wrists peddling the etiquette and manners, not I. It’s a buzzword with baggage they don’t have to repeat. Built in. Like all buzzwords, to sell something. Ignorance is bliss to all but the stoners. Those selling the “M” word can join those burning the crosses. Maria Juana is Mary Jane, and she may toke Ganja in Colitas, but the “M” word is for trailor trash chicken littles to blame on the “wetbacks”, the same as stealing jobs and the other “buzzwords and phrases” to incite anger and division.

    Keep hemming and hawing over it or cut the shit and take it out of the vocabulary. Not my decision in what you do. Actions speak louder than words. Pick your ass, fart, burp in church I really care less. Use any word you wish to anyone you wish. It all boils down to choice. Most I assume are innocent by administrated education depravation and the appeasers afraid to make waves. Or jeapardize the future by soothsaying how people might take it if we demanded it be called by its proper name. Not a big thang. NO Con Promises… Ganja, RxGanja or Hemp and it’s all Cannabis.

    How strange that an innocent herb causes money to burn
    They’ll jail you or kill you for making those rich fat cats squirm.
    They’re the fools who make rules with no difference between wrong and right…

    Some were smoking Colitas while other were loading their guns
    Blowing smoke from their six-shooters, spinning their barrels for fun
    Contrabandistas, banditos alike —
    We’re the Free Mexican Air Force and we’re flyin’ tonight.

    A Few Buzzwords 07/13/01

    If you spend any time watching, reading, or listening to the mainstream media, you’ll find yourself immersed in a linguistic culture of political jargon that I call “buzzwords”–these are words that are used to Confuse and obscure meanings and to derail critical thinking. Imagine a warning buzzer sounding off in your head when you see or hear one of these words being used.

    The purpose of buzzwords is to communicate editorial bias while appearing objective-to frame thought and discussion to service the needs of the ruling elite. This is an important function of the mainstream media, And they rise to the occasion with considerable zeal.

    George Orwell wrote a lot about this, including a section at the end of “1984” where he explained Newspeak and Doublespeak. These buzzwords live up to his analysis of the alteration of language in the service of those in power, even if the trimming of the vocabulary hasn’t quite happened the way he envisioned. Mostly because “wrongthink” is simply ignored or omitted from media broadcasts whenever possible, unless it is possible to portray it in the least favorable light. continued…

    Pancho Villa’s Love Life and Offspring

    After just a brief courtship, Pancho Villa married Maria Luz Corral. He convinced the priest that neither one would really have the time for his confession before the marriage. This relationship ended in 1921.

    Juana Torres was also married to Pancho at some point. Juana’s love faded when Pancho Villa put Juana’s mother and sister in prison for stealing his money.

    Ganja: A term of Sanskrit origin for cannabis.

    “Was it marijuana, the new Mexican drug, that nerved the murderous arm of Clara Phillips when she hammered out her victim’s life in Los Angeles?… THREE-FOURTHS OF THE CRIMES of violence in this country today are committed by DOPE SLAVES — that is a matter of cold record.”
    ~ William Randolph Hearst

    William Randolph Hearst [1863-1951]

    “William Randolph Hearst proved himself worthy of the title.
    Today, it is his name that is synonymous with “yellow journalism.

    “Marihuana influences Negroes to to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”
    ~ William Randolph Hearst

    Ernest L. Meyer wrote: “Mr. Hearst in his long and not laudable career has inflamed Americans against Spaniards, Americans against Japanese, Americans against Filipinos, Americans against Russians, and in the pursuit of his incendiary campaign he has printed downright lies, forged documents, faked atrocity stories, inflammatory editorials, sensational cartoons and photographs and other devices by which he abetted his jingoistic ends.”
    –Chapter 17: Farewell:
    Lord of San Simeon, Lords of the Press, George Seldes

    “Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him….”
    ~ William Randolph Hearst

    William Randolf Hearst hated minorities, and he used his chain of newspapers to aggravate racial tensions at every opportunity. Hearst especially hated Mexicans. Hearst papers portrayed Mexicans as lazy, degenerate, and violent, and as marijuana smokers a nd job stealers. The real motive behind this prejudice may well have been that Hearst had lost 800,000 acres of prime timberland to the rebel Pancho Villa, suggesting that Hearst’s racism was fueled by Mexican threat to his empire.
    — William Randolf Hearst and Lammont Dupont ,

    “Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days
    — Hashish goads users to bloodlust.”
    ~ William Randolph Hearst

    Pancho Villa is revered as a hero who pushed foreign “proprietors” out of Mexico and fought for the common man. He was a fierce general who also helped those in need and rescued orphans. Villa’s troops were said to smoke marijuana, a term they used for the flowering tops of the hemp plant (pos-sibly named for a juana (female soldier) in Villa’s army.) The folk song “La Cucaracha” tells of a cockroach who cannot function because he lacks marijuana to smoke.

    Other reports state that Villa kept his men under very strict control and he was extremely self-disciplined as well. According to these reports he neither smoked, drank nor took drugs including the vaunted marijuana of the Revolution.

    “Users of marijuana become STIMULATED as they inhale the drug and are LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug.”
    ~ William Randolph Hearst

    History of Tepito
    A barrio located in Colonia Morelos in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City bordered by Avenida del Trabajo, Paseo de la Reforma, Eje 1 and Eje 2. As the tenements were being destroyed a number of curious finds appeared such as safes, false walls, murals, such as Pancho Villa smoking pot,

    Tepito and Santa Muerte
    The celebration officially begins at the stroke of midnight of November 1. About 5,000 faithful turn out to pray the rosary. For purification, instead of incense, there is the smoke of marijuana.

    A thurible is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services. It is used in the Catholic Church as well as in Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran, Old Catholic, and in various Gnostic Churches.

    Incense (Latin: incendere, “to burn”)
    The use of incense may have originated in Ancient Egypt

    Censers are any type of vessels made for burning incense

    Ancient Temple Hashish Incense! Did Jesus Inhale?

    Religious and spiritual use of cannabis
    The religious and spiritual use of cannabis has an ancient history of ritual usage as an aid to trance and has been traditionally used in a religious context throughout the Old World.

    A Western Han inlaid bronze mountain-censer

    The Indian vadas sang of Cannabis as one of the divine nectars, able to give man anything from good health and long life to visions of the gods. The Zend-Avesta of 600 B.C. mentions an intoxicating resin, and the Assyrians used Cannabis as an incense as early as the ninth century B.C..

    Knowledge and use of the intoxicating properties eventually spread to Asia Minor. Hemp was employed as an incense in Assyria in the first millennium B.C., suggesting its use as an inebriant.

    Folklore maintians that the use of Hemp was introduced to Persia during the reign of Khursu (A.D. 531-579), but it is known that the Assyrians used Hemp as an incense during the first millennium B.C..

    Myth, Magic & Medicine
    The Emperor Wears No Clothes Chapter 10
    A Look at the Sociology of Cannabis Use Throughout World History

    First Known Cannabis Users
    Ancient and modern historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and philologists cite physical evidence (artifacts, relics, textiles, cuneiform, languages, etc.) indicating that cannabis is one of mankind’s oldest cultivated crops. The weaving of hemp fiber as an industry began 10,000 years ago, at approximately the same time as pottery-making and prior to metal working.*
    *Columbia History of the World, Harper & Row, New York, 1981

    Scythians High Plains Drifters
    The Scythians were a barbaric group of pre-Common Era nomadic tribes who are a fascinating example of an ancient cannabis using group. The Scythians played a very important part in the Ancient World from the seventh to first century BC.

    Book: HASHISH! Robert Connell Clarke
    investigates natural processes, both ancient and modern, for the growth, collection, and purification of Cannabis resin glands, the plant parts that contain the psychoactive constituents in hashish.
    Incense Makers … 51 Part I,

    Hashish History
    … speculates on the prehistoric discovery of the euphoric properties of Cannabis , then surveys the history of hashish from ancient times up to about 1850.


    Consider the case of the African Bashilenge, who after becoming acquainted with cannabis sometime during the nineteenth century, began using it sacramentally, and convinced other tribes to join them in their sacred smoke. This Holy communion lead them to put away their weapons, and rename their land ³Lubuku², meaning “Friendship”, greeting “each other with the expression ‘Moio’, meaning both ‘hemp’ and ‘life'”(Benet 1975).

    Censer: Chinese use
    According to the sinologist and historian Joseph Needham, some early Daoists adapted censers for the religious and spiritual use of cannabis. The (ca. 570 CE) Daoist encyclopedia Wushang Biyao (無上秘要 “Supreme Secret Essentials”), recorded adding cannabis into ritual censers. The Shangqing School of Daoism provides a good example. The Shangqing scriptures were written by Yang Xi (楊羲, 330-386 CE) during alleged visitations by Daoist “immortals”, and Needham believed Yang was “aided almost certainly by cannabis”. Tao Hongjing (陶弘景, 456-536 CE), who edited the official Shangqing canon, also complied the Mingyi bielu (名醫別錄 “Supplementary Records of Famous Physicians”). It noted that mabo (麻勃 “cannabis flowers”), “are very little used in medicine, but the magician-technicians ([shujia] 術家) say that if one consumes them with ginseng it will give one preternatural knowledge of events in the future.” Needham concluded,

    Fear, Lies and Hate
    10-10-10: The Marijuana Conspiracy

    During the 1930s, there were relatively few people smoking marijuana, save for jazz musicians, Mexican laborers in towns near the border and a sprinkling of others. In fact, most of the public had never even heard of it. That would soon change when Hearst’s newspaper syndicate began bombarding the public with outrageous stories about the dangerous new threat of marijuana. In an extremely successful case of what today we call “product branding,” Indian hemp – or cannabis, as it was called by the medical profession – was renamed “marijuana””and repeated regularly in Hearst’s publications, further associating it with Mexican immigrants.

    Jack Herer, author of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” the seminal resource for marijuana and hemp information, explains that after the Spanish-American War in 1898, Hearst had developed a personal dislike and prejudice toward Mexicans, prompted by the “seizure of 800,000 acres of his prime Mexican timberland by the ‘marihuana’-smoking army of Pancho Villa.” Hearst papers, the chief purveyors of “yellow journalism” at the time, slapped terrifying headlines across their front pages: “Marihuana Makes Fiends of Boys in 30 Days” and “Hotel Clerk Identifies Marijuana Smoker as ‘Wild Gunman’ Arrested for Shootings,” screamed the bold type, stoking a new hysteria. Before long, the public was well aware of this new and threatening drug menace.

    The word marijuana comes from the Mexican Spanish marihuana.
    Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (6th ed.),
    Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-920687-2

    Marijuana is the English version of Marihuana which is the American Randolph Hearst version of Cannabis. Nothing Spanish connecting cannabis with Mary Jane or Maria Juana except “Yellow Journalism”.

    In Mexico cannabis “Mota”

    Mota: Weed; Mexican term for marijuana.
    Hey paisas, wanna go buy some mota and get high?
    Marijuana. Weed. MJ. Hemp.
    “man, we’ve got some good mota tonight!”

    Spanish slang for marijuana.
    Tengo mota en mi pantalones.

    Other words for marijuana

    (rarely used)
    1. mota de polvo (a speck of dust)
    2. te gusta mota?

    All 100% pure hemp products including hemp clothing and clothing products hemp bags oils shoes socks hats candy and hemp news

    A street name for marijuana or cannabis.

    Charas is the name given to a hashish form of cannabis which is hand-made in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and India.

    Hey man, put the cheeba in the blunt.

    A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant,

    (verb) A colloquial term for the action of smoking marijuana.

    The unfertilised, thus seedless, female plants.

  18. David Hart says:

    For what it’s worth, I always say ‘cannabis’ because it’s the botanical name for the genus of the plant (though I don’t rant at those who say ‘marijuana’, I will just respond saying ‘cannabis’ as if nothing ever happened). I just reckon it makes us look a bit more … serious; professional-sounding, I suppose, if we use official scientific/medical terms. For the same reason I try to talk of ‘diamorphine’ and add ‘heroin’ in brackets if need be; likewise ‘MDMA’ with ‘ecstacy’ in brackets.

  19. Matthew Meyer says:

    I feel ya, DdC.

  20. malcolm kyle says:

    I like to eat bananas cause they’ve got no bones
    I like cannabis because it gets me stoned
    Nope; I’m afraid that doesn’t quite do it for me!

  21. David says:

    Sorry, ‘ecstasy’ I meant. Failure of proofreading makes the guy talking about looking professional look unprofessional.

  22. DdC says:

    I remember MDA, the Love Drug. before XTC, before Joe Biden sabotaged it to thwart Ganja advocates from gathering. I remember Rorer 714’s we called Sopers. I remember Orange Sunshine and microdot, Vit C and Mescaline. Thai stick and Picking shrooms after a rain. None of it as distructive as Marlboro’s and Iron City Beer. If anyone says Ganja is harmful to smoke, tell em to suck on a tailpipe, and then compare… 40 years and a few Tokes-A-Day Keeps My Old Memory Functioning

    It doesn’t matter to me what anyone calls anything. Its about integrity, and its always been your choice. Gawd the last thing we need is pc word cops.

    Bidon not only lied, he cheated on Science to pass Bogus policy.

    According to the report, ecstasy users risk suffering the effects of early decline in mental function and memory, or Alzheimer-type symptoms.The report was released just weeks after scientists at Johns Hopkins University retracted their research findings that suggested that a single evening’s use of ecstasy could cause permanent brain damage and Parkinson’s disease. The scientists admitted that they utilized the wrong drug in their studies.Its inaccurate to equate any and all use of ecstasy with abuse, said attorney Boire. During Alcohol Prohibition did evening wine drinkers all become abusers? he asked, continuing, prohibition is a political label, not a magic wand that transforms all use into abuse.

    Drug labelling error forces retraction…After RAVE Ax Passes
    WASHINGTON (AP) – A prestigious scientific journal is retracting a study about the effects of the drug Ecstasy on the brain because the animals used in the research were given a different drug. The researchers blamed the error on a labelling mix-up. Previous studies had reported on the brain hazards of Ecstasy, and the researchers said the problems with their study did not call into question the earlier ones. Continued…

  23. vicky vampire says:

    Yes perceptions and image are well intended might render results on occasion negatively concerning pot.,but I HATE the censoring of words,is not that what political Correctness is ultimately.

    Besides its boring to use the same word to refer to something,Marijuana,reefer,joint,Cannabis,Maryjane,grass,weed.
    I like them all when referring to Marijuana, does the word in question impede its legalization,possibly words are powerful,but its out reaction to them that gives them power.
    Yeah the word Marijuana may carry stigma a bit, but censorship kills the soul and spirit if a populace

    In my opinion even though its incremental,the younger kids get for most that drug war has been a ,big lie, the problem is not enough of them vote.
    My college age kids say about a third to half of their friends use Marijuana on occasion,but just do not vote in large enough numbers in fact, they do not even care about politics at all.
    Am I wrong or does this also contribute to pot not passing in referendums lately.

    Oh about William Randolph Hearst,I took a tour of San Simeon once,place beautiful I swear parts of it is haunted certain areas gave me the creeps, spooked me.OH and Hearst not liking Pot was he not an chronic Alcoholic and spent his time entertaining celebs who knows what drugs those celebs using another very rich,powerful media, Hypocrite.

  24. DdC says:

    I’ve been to San Simeon, It’s not that far. Gaudy place. I heard he built it during the depression while most of the country was hurting. Don’t care if it burns down. I’d bring marshmellows.

    Hearst, like Boosh was a hypocrite. But like lies, it has no meaning to those with an agenda. Do what they say, not what they do for they do it for you. At least that’s what they tell em. Its like profit on war means wasted taxes or profit depending on what side you stand.

    Hearst’ propaganda, like all propaganda has meaning behind the words. No one gives a rats ass about slang terms used for Ganja. Those who keep bringing that point up are only diverting attention from the propaganda. Its not about what you call pot. Its about stigmatizing cannabis because of the fictional Mary Jane. Plus the connotations of that point. Its a fear mongering of the Southwest to protect their white daughters from the Mexicans. To save them from the heathen devil weed that will turn them into Mary Janes, like Pancho’s girlfriend, dancing on tables. It will remove their inhabitions to just say no. It has nothing to do with jargon or censorship. Its each individuals integrity on the line and those using the “M” word fall into the same box as those using the “N” word. Pretty simple, don’t use it. No government can censor individuals words. Some phrases should be banned, especially on public broadcasting. Yelling fire in theaters isn’t smart. Painting politicians faces on bullseyes isn’t either and holds the responsibility for those not responsible. Like wingnut assassins. So as I said, its a choice and I choose to give my respect to those making the right choice, abstaining from the belligerent buzzwords and instigating violence.

    Bill S-10 Internet Jam: Online Protest of Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Marijuana
    Tell the Conservative and Liberal leaders of Canada to say NO to Bill S-10 and oppose harsh new mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana offences – join the online protest by posting messages of Drug Peace on their official Twitter and Facebook pages!

    1st UBC Cannabis Convention
    CANNABIS CULTURE – The International Hempology 101 Society has announced the 1st Annual Cannabis Convention at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, held Friday, January 28.

    Pot Couture Oct 22 2010
    Women who love to smoke: “We’re not experts on strains or growing, and we don’t know the law inside out. We’re just women who enjoy smoking pot recreationally, and we want to share the love.”

    Show Me The Facts Apr 1 2009
    A collection of studies about marijuana, including numerous medical research references about the various ailments and diseases treated and prevented by cannabis.

  25. hundreds of disconnected organizations all purportedly working to end the drug war; one organization calling itself an “alliance” and the “leading” anti drug war organization; and to top it all off, boatloads of piss ants arguing about what word to use when discussing pot.

    no wonder this fucking war has gone on for 100+ years!

    • Duncan20903 says:

      A herd of cats indeed. If we could just be like the Christian funnymentalists and speak with one voice, and march in lockstep like them. One thing DdC and I have in common is you’ll never get us to march in lockstep for any reason at all. Of course that’s why you can’t kill the cannabinoidian culture no matter how hard you try, so what are you going to do?

  26. DdC says:

    Its because of the boatloads of piss ants cowering in political correctness, not arguing about what word to use when discussing pot, that this fucking war has gone on for 100+ years! Until y’all get the fuck out of denial, it will last another 100 years. Until this so called drug war is seen for what it is, profit. You will keep on whining about them not playing fair when its never been their intention to play fair. They profit on war and gullible’s think its a cause of freedom? Or rights? Its because of profit, thats it. Taking competition off the free trade market and profit on perpetuating the war. This that or any war. Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp. Get the fuck over it and then we can start stopping it. You want to “legalize” something that can’t be researched by law? Try getting your head out of your ass and ask what the fuck kind of country permits banning research? The reason the war has lasted nearly a century is because the “experts” don’t even know who the enemy is. Those who do join them in prohibition profits. Growers and Gilbert both profit on the Ganjawar. Of all of your pretty stats and graphs proving the best way to move forward would be to legalize. Who reads them in government? You really think they don’t have the same stats and graphs? If everyone believes words have no meaning. That Palin can’t fire up the troops with rhetoric or Hearst had no affect on citizens beliefs. Then get comfy because this war ain’t goin anywhere…

    The Art of War – Sun Tzu

    To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands. But the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
    If you know the enemy, and know yourself, you need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

    You thik all this shit is Glen Becky gossip?

    Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

    Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1

    Virtues’ of Ganja

    The Ganjawar Fraud

  27. vicky vampire says:

    Oh thanks for link Ddc to the site Pot Couture, I visit the site once in a while.Yeah I especially love there Art and Culture section,Cool.

  28. Purplepenquin says:

    I’m trying to convince my fellow-tokers to stop calling it “weed”. A “weed”, by definition, is a plant that is in an undesired location…and rest assured, if its in my bong it is ’cause I desire for it to be there! 🙂

  29. gday – nice blog, just window shopping some blogs, seems a pretty nice platform you are utilising. I’m currently using WordPress

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