A rose by any other name

January 30, 2011

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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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com
  • genann59

    Yeah, it is coming here, a lot sooner than most Americans imagine or are ready for. Better get some water purification method, some food and medical supplies and/or medicines that you have to have in order to survive on stand by, cause you might wake up some day and no longer be able to buy them. and keep cash on hand and items you can trade, cause the cash might suddenly have no value to speak of at all. Don’t go out and buy gold or silver, in an economic collapse, it will be worth the same as cash, next to nothing. Have food or medical items to trade for items you need, cause food, baby supplies, toiletries, water purification methods, and OTC medicines are going to be the currency that can get you through until sanity returns if it does.

  • Rei42728

    We in America live as if  nothing is going on around us in the world. We will be devastated when there is no electricity but people are going on like the people in Noah’s time!

  • stonehillady

    Be prepared, because it will occure overnite, when head CEO’s in Banking & Hedgefunds tell their top people “Cancel you summer vacation plans” like J.P.Morgan & Pimco just did you know, it’s time…Plus our dumb nation will go for an all out war folks…Russia, China, Iran Syria, Pakistan & who else in this Petro dollar world which is disappearing, in Bernanke’s Nov. 2002 speech were he described all the tricks in his book, the last trick he said was to devalue the dollar by 30-40%.
    Silver coins are the best thing to have because you can barter with them & they now being manipulated & are really worth now about $100 an ounce in ratio to Gold at $1600. an ounce, even more since for ever ounce there is over 100 contracts due to J.P.Morgan’s manipulation of it…
    Stay away from the cities & suburbs, you will get creamed, by roving gangs or be well protected with plenty of ammo…


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