Planning to buy pot to celebrate 4/20?
The cannabis industry is completely down with this, but many insiders have a special request: don’t call it “marijuana”.
Although this has been the most popular name for the plant for a century, cannabis insiders including Daniel Maida Hayden of Extractioneering.com, an Oregon-based pot brand, thinks it should be dumped.
“Any term applied to cannabis other than cannabis is negligent and abusive behavior that we abhor,” said Hayden. “The term marijuana is a Mexican insult. Although it is tolerated when combined with the word medical for specific purposes (marijuana for medical purposes). “
The term “marijuana” comes from Mexican Spanish, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but it was used by “racist politicians who first criminalized cannabis … precisely because they wanted to emphasize that it it was a Latin, especially Mexican, vice, “and this word, with all its implications, has become the most common name for cannabis in the United States today.”
Racism is still present. In 2016, “Hispanics received 77% of federal marijuana sentences, compared to 17% of the American population.
In 2017, Kenneth Romero-Cruz of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators told HuffPost that “anti-Latino reasons” explain why cannabis was criminalized in the 1930s and that criminalization “disproportionately affected Latinos and other people of color ”.
People in the modern cannabis industry, like Catherine Dockery, shy away from the “M word”.
Dockery, which works with ViceVentures, a venture capital firm that invests in the industry, says its fund “strongly [prefers] the term “cannabis” rather than “marijuana” because it does not carry the same historical context of racism. “
However, she agrees with other slang terms.
“My dad calls it ‘reefer’, and even now it still makes me laugh every now and then,” she told HuffPost.
California-based Adrian Sedlin of Canndescent said “cannabis” was just a better term.
“Marijuana has an interwoven history of racism; cannabis is all about harmony and acceptance, ”he told HuffPost, while admitting he wasn’t a fan of most of the terms that came into existence before 1990.
“Weeds can be ugly and destructive,” he said. “Pot is the abbreviation for ‘potación de guaya’, an alcoholic beverage which means ‘to drink sorrow.’
However, other cannabis insiders, such as Libby Cooper of California-based cannabis brand Space Coyote, admit that there are certain THC terms they just can’t give up.
“I will always love to call it weed and I will always refer to it as such in our brand language,” Cooper said. “I believe the slang you use for cannabis is a marker of when you were probably in high school and were first exposed to the plant. Having said that, I’m also pretty fond of “devil’s lettuce” because it’s hilarious. “
Chris Vaughn, CEO of cannabis delivery service Emjay, said that while he favors the terms ‘weed’ and ‘cannabis’, he can’t deny that some of the old words from the ‘Reefer Madness’ era are quite funny. .
“Like jazz cabbage,” he suggested to HuffPost, although he never uses that word.
There’s another word he won’t use again.
“I don’t like the word ‘marijuana’ anymore,” he said. “It looks like a criminalized version of the factory today.”
April 20, or 420, has become a day of celebration in cannabis cultivation. The origin story goes that the term began with a group of high school students in California who designated 4:20 p.m. as a time to research a supposedly hidden culture in the 1970s. 420 shorthand now also refers to flatness. on a given day at 4:20 p.m.
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