Commentary: Movement toward legal marijuana creates new PC affinity; dope smokers are ‘cannabis curious consumers’

In the 100 or more years that marijuana has been the recreational drug of choice for so many, it’s largely been dope smokers who have coined the many names by which marijuana is called: pot, dope, weed, schwag, grass, bud, ganja, reefer, bomb, etc, etc, etc. In the drug culture, those names were not considered derogatory, and in many cases were affectionately referred.

In the 100 or more years that marijuana has been the recreational drug of choice for so many, it’s largely been dope smokers who have coined the many names by which marijuana is called: pot, dope, weed, schwag, grass, bud, ganja, reefer, bomb, etc, etc, etc. In the drug culture, those names were not considered derogatory, and in many cases were affectionately referred.

The ongoing effort toward full legalization of marijuana has created a new hybrid of political correctness when it comes to the descriptors of pot.

Those who ascribe to such PC affinity will say I already crossed that line.

Ditto for the messages that came my way concerning our Friday story about the applicability of federal gun laws to those who hold medical marijuana cards. The story included a graphic with the title: “Weed or Guns.”

Some took offense. “You’re giving marijuana a bad name,” they claimed.

I beg to differ. In the 100 or more years that marijuana has been the recreational drug of choice for so many, it’s largely been dope smokers who have coined the many names by which marijuana is called: pot, dope, weed, schwag, grass, bud, ganja, reefer, bomb, etc, etc, etc. In the drug culture, those names were not considered derogatory, and in many cases were affectionately referred. Why else would they ask, “Do you know where I can get some good weed?”

As if there were any other kind.

Those who never took a puff -- much less never inhaled as a former U.S. president once claimed -- have never been preoccupied with coming up with new names for marijuana.

Now you will be accused of being politically incorrect when you use the very words to describe marijuana that were originally coined by the drug culture.

Just as The Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle was accused of giving pot a bad name last week by calling it “weed,” we’ve been equally besmirched for referring to it as marijuana.

A recent story about legal marijuana grow operations in the Verde Valley drew complaints from some who claimed “marijuana grow house” gives the business a bad name. The preferred nomenclature, they explained, is to call them “cannibas cultivation centers.”

And, according to a news release this week from the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo, the new politically correct way to refer to dope smokers is “cannabis curious consumers.”

Former Cottonwood City Council member Jesse Dowling is an adamant and well-researched advocate of legalized marijuana. He says the preferred describer of marijuana in this era is “Cannibas, with the added -Sativa or -Indica secondary portion that indicates the specific type of Cannibis depending on the forum of discussion.”

It bears emphasis, Dowling explains, that not everyone in the legal marijuana movement is so uptight over the words weed and pot, much less marijuana. “Several of the old 60’s/70’s era names such as pot or weed are still held onto by some out of affection for the past and those who struggled to exist under the stigma of prohibition. Honestly even the industry has its own internal divisions, as evidenced by the competing/conflicting ballot initiatives.”

As for the “marijuana word police” out there who insist the rest of us walk a fine line of political correctness, you definitely need to chill out.

A little reefer may be just what the doctor ordered for you.

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Lonecowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

The label of marijuana by any other name is still a four letter word....Nuts! The discussion of what label to put on marijuana is nothing but a ploy to evade the true issue. Tobacco and alcohol is additive and marijuana is too. The drug has not been tested to determine the level of impairment that will result in a DUI? I call that Russian Roulette. Yes people should not drive impaired but people do and will. Why add another level of impairment on the roads? Prop 205 means legalization everywhere. It also means those entrusted to provide mass transit could very well operate a vehicle under the influence!!! Safe? I guarantee that allowing those operators to use legal Marijuana will end up in a disaster some where. Smoking tobacco is restricted in every municipal indoor facility, hotels and many open air events. Since the advent of legalizing marijuana for imagined medical needs, those restrictions won't apply! Prescription drugs are not prohibited in those facilities and marijuana will not be either? The argument that marijuana is of medicinal benefit is nothing but a scam.

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IzzatSo 1 year, 8 months ago

Lonecowboy, you certainly have the right to your opinion, but opinions are not necessarily facts (alternative facts, maybe). "marijuana for imagined medical needs"? Check US patent 6630507. The US Department of Health and Human Services holds this patent on Cannabinoids as antioxidents and neuroprotectants. The US government acknowledges there are medical benefits to marijuana. No scam here. And, by the way, smoking marijuana is restricted to the same no-smoking rules as tobacco in all the same places. Please get your facts straight.

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JD 1 year, 8 months ago

Just wanted to point out that my quote is not spelled correctly here... 'Cannabis' not 'Cannibas'... It was correct in my email though. Can't have people thinking I don't know how to spell the thing I am an advocate of.

As for the Lonecowboy concerns/outrage...

Indeed Tobacco and Alcohol are 'additive' (So is coffee) but Cannabis barely registers on the scale in many ways. 9% of users ~may~ have the chance of dependence. The rate is 32% for tobacco/nicotine.

DUI Impairment is impairment regardeless of the nanogram per mililiter blood levels. An officer can administer the same roadside test to all drivers, cannabius users don't get a special test, so that really holds no water.

The medical use of cannabis is not analogous to tobacco use. Even so it is far more strictly regulated than tobacco so the claim of certain restrictions not applying is false. Far more restrictions apply to cannabis than tobacco. Many of which include multiple felonies etc.

No matter what folks call it... ignoring it does not make it dissapear. Rational conversation is required moving ahead.

JD

8^)

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nutso_fasst 1 year, 8 months ago

You forgot choom, Dan.

Choom inspired young Barack Obama to invent roof hits. He didn't invent those on his own, however. He needed the automobile and paper industries plus the black market cannabis supply chain to make his invention possible.

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