I use the words cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed and other terms interchangeably.
A few years back, I was at a town-hall meeting convened to decide dispensary regulation when a well-meaning, but misinformed gentleman stood up to make the point that "marijuana" was invented as a pejorative term in the days leading up to its prohibition 75 years ago. He requested that the Board of Trustees use the word "cannabis" instead. This was not the first time I had heard this argument, nor was it the last.
While it is true that the term "marijuana" was frequently used by detractors because its foreign-sounding origins played upon social prejudices,23 the word itself comes from Latin-American Spanish24 and it's a great word that we all recognize and understand. It's okay to call cannabis "marijuana."
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