Washington legislators strike the word ‘marijuana’ from all state laws, calling term racist

Washington legislators strike the word ‘marijuana’ from all state laws, calling term racist
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At long last .. let’s see all other states do this and ASAP Yahoo News “Pot,” “weed,” “grass,” “Mary Jane,” “flower” — there is no shortage of terms to describe cannabis. However, Washington state is taking one word officially off the table: “marijuana.” Legislators recently passed a law that changes every Revised Code of Washington with the word “marijuana.” The change gets rid of the term, swapping it out for the word “cannabis.” Supporters say the word “marijuana” has a long history of racism. “The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” said Washington state Rep. Melanie Morgan during testimony in 2021. Morgan is a Democrat representing the 29th Legislative District and sponsored the bill — House Bill 1210. Morgan discussed the history of the word, which originates from Spanish. “As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants,” Morgan said. Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill that passed unanimously into law March 11. The changes will take effect in June. “Even though it seems simple because it’s just one word, the reality is we’re healing the wrongs that were committed against Black and Brown people around cannabis,” Morgan said. Joy Hollingsworth owns Hollingsworth Cannabis Company with her family. The family business includes a pot farm in Shelton. They also run a hemp side, called Hollingsworth Hemp Company, which produces a line of non-THC hemp products, like candles and lotions. She says for people of color in the industry, the word “marijuana” comes with a burden. “It had been talked about for a long time in our community about how that word demonizes the cannabis plant,” Hollingsworth said. Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (which later became the Drug Enforcement Administration) played a big role in the Marijuana Tax Act…

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