Ganja. Pot. Reefer. Herb. Bud. Dope. Green. There are many words that people use to reference the plant scientifically known as cannabis. When it comes to how people refer to cannabis plants, it is quite essential that we stop calling it by one name. Unfortunately, this one name is one that many tend to recognize it by, marijuana. This slang term for cannabis is in information across the interwebs, written into laws globally, and spoken still today by prohibitionists in a demeaning manner.
The Racist Origins Of ‘Marijuana’
Marijuana is a word born from a racist past. It is one that belittles minorities, people of colour, and women. Also, it has been used throughout history in a negative tone to demean musicians, actors, actresses, and other entertainers. This is mainly thanks to propaganda facilitated by the US federal government. Simply Google “negative quotes using the word marijuana” and you will find clear evidence of this term’s direct relation to racism. In a time where the “war on drugs” has disproportionately affected minority communities, it is essential that we remove the word marijuana from the laws it is a part of as well as our vocabulary when discussing this plant.
The Movement for Change
This aspect is very important to the majority of individuals throughout the cannabis culture and industry. It is so important that one company started an entire campaign surrounding it. Cova, a cannabis industry retail software provider started a campaign known as “Call it Cannabis.” You can follow the campaign and take part on social media by using the hashtag #callitcannabis. Additionally, industry leaders such as Native Roots, a dispensary chain out of Colorado, and Green Rush, a cannabis delivery service out of California are showing their support for the campaign.
What do you call the plant we all love so dearly?