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Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

I support the use of the term cannabis rather than marijuana. "marijuana" has long had a stigma to it whereas "cannabis" is the term that is used in recent medical and scientific literature. Much of the battle to allow adult recreational and "all" medicinal use of this plant is against the irrational hype based in racial animosity towards hispanics and blacks back in the early 20th century. We don't need to perpetuate this unscientific and racist stigma... especially for people who don't take the time to educate themselves on the value of this amazing plant. It isn't a question of white washing. It's a question of neutralizing the conversation to "just the facts" rather than having it based on irrational fear of the unknown and belief in the lies that the government has put forth (at the same time as they get a patent for the medicinal value it has - Patent US 6630507 issued 2004 - TWELVE YEARS AGO). Guess they wanted to get there first.

Posted by Saroj Gilbert on 07/01/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Big Brands

Not surprising in the least. Bill Gates is a longtime legalization advocate. Microsoft money has gone to organizations such as NORML, Seattle Hempfest, Initiative 502 (WA state weed legalization), as well as funding the construction and maintenance of the Seattle Public Library.

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 06/24/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Worldly Weed

I once heard the English language described as being "organic and hospitable." Works for me.

Posted by Barry Jeffers1 on 06/21/2016 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Worldly Weed

i disagree with your last idea. ive always used the word marijuana. learned much later about hearst. he doesnt deserve immortality. let his name mean nothing.

Posted by Lexiconned on 06/17/2016 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

Great article linda, I guess I am a word nerd, I love words and their home stories!

Posted by Jessie Wheeler on 06/16/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Worldly Weed

Great article.
Ms Stansberry is a terrific journalist.

Posted by Mr. Geezer on 06/16/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Racism is institutional and not a skin deep issue. If eliminating a few words begins a dialogue or gets America to look in the mirror, great. Should marijuana be the 'M-word'? Yeah that would solve a lot of problems, just like the 'N-word' did.

Posted by Wister Haines on 06/13/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Russ Belville, I believe that sinsemilla (Spanish "seedless") originally referred to leaves and bud from the sort of high-potency, hybridized female plants that Humboldt County is so well known for. I have not heard the term in decades, probably owing to the fact that all weed seems to be sinsemilla nowadays, so it has become redundant. I agree that "cannabis" sounds unnaturally clinical in comparison with "weed."

Posted by Joel Mielke on 06/10/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

Another reason for "marijuana" - it's more accurate. "Marijuana" is the dried, flowering tops of female cannabis prepared for smoking. Usually, it is "sinsemilla", if we want to be more accurate. When people tell me they "smoke cannabis", I ask them if they "eat cow and drink ethanol" and say, what's the name of your canis lupus familiaris?

You're absolutely right about it being a whitewash. It's people who feel shame and stigma of being "marijuana" users who feel the need to figleaf themselves with "cannabis".

Unless you're in Europe or Australia. Then go ahead and call it "cannabis".

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Posted by Russ Belville on 06/09/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

legalize, regulate and TAX? nonono...

decriminalize, educate and EVOLVE!

free the weed!

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Posted by sorry, ben james yokel, but... on 06/09/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

legalize, regulate and tax? nonono....decriminalize, educate and EVOLVE! free the weed!

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Posted by i was with you up to... on 06/09/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

good read, i agree. fyi marijuana prohibition has a lot more to do with keeping everybody down, physically and mentally, not just certain races. i always and only say marijuana when refering to marijuana. it just sounds fu nny, and has never, not even minutely, been a derogatory term of any kind in my life. or, of any kind...bud! we cant let this word go, and if it becomes taboo, i will own it like the B's own the N and the G's own the F.

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Posted by marijuana marijuana marijuana marijuana on 06/09/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “'Marijuana' Isn't Racist

The slang term “marijuana” enjoys a secure place in the American lexicon but throughout the 19th century, Americans used the name “cannabis” when referring to the plant. Pharmaceutical companies including Bristol-Myers Squib and Eli Lilly used cannabis in medicines – widely sold in U.S. pharmacies – to treat insomnia, migraines, pain, glaucoma, and rheumatism. Between 1840 and 1900, U.S. scientific journals published hundreds of articles touting the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

The Mexican Revolution culminated in 1910. Following the upheaval of the war, scores of Mexican peasants migrated to U.S. border states, bringing with them cannabis, their popular form of intoxication, what they termed “mariguana.”

In an effort to marginalize the new Mexican migrant population who were known to use cannabis, the first anti-cannabis laws were targeted at the term “marijuana." Scholars say it’s no coincidence that the first U.S. cities to outlaw pot were located in border states. It is widely believed that El Paso, Texas, was the first U.S. city to ban cannabis, when it approved a measure in 1914 prohibiting the sale or possession of the drug.

The US Government has been lying to the people about cannabis ever since! Not a single overdose death from cannabis in all medical history! Tobacco, booze and big pharma kill over 650,000 US Citizens per year. The truth about cannabis is OUT and the feds will never again be able to put it back in the closet.

Legalize, regulate and TAX!

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Posted by Ben James Yokel on 06/09/2016 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Bye, Bye Night Sky

Who was it that stood by and let this situation develop? Who has been cashing the cannabis check for years while turning a blind eye to the resulting damage in the community and the environment? The growers have been allowed to break all the rules with no consequences, yet I'm supposed to feel sorry that not all is well in paradise. Great example: my friend's house burnt down two weeks ago and he can't get a building permit to construct a new house from the asshats who run the so-called planning department, yet illegal grading, unsustainable water diversions, and unpermitted 10,000 square foot greenhouses are a-okay. The only thing that is happening here is that southern Humboldt's collective karma is catching up with it and the community is being destroyed by the very industry that it created. You made your bed - now lie in it.

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Posted by Roundup on 06/07/2016 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Bye, Bye Night Sky

Let's hope this and other letters and articles enlighten the growers for the need to cover their greenhouses when lights are on during the night. I think all of us need to stand up and say enough is enough. It's one thing to ruin the night ambiance on your own property, but it interrupts natural processes for all living things. Keep reminding everyone. All the grow stores should have informational handouts about the need for darkness. I say call the county and complain if asking a grower politely does no good. Even porch lights are a nuisance, if you ask me.

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Posted by Tall Trees on 06/02/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Leaving Humboldt in the Dust

First line says east of LA

Posted by earthmama on 05/13/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Leaving Humboldt in the Dust

Noted Heather - thanks.

Posted by Grant Scott-Goforth on 05/13/2016 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Leaving Humboldt in the Dust

West of L.A.? I thought that was the Pacific Ocean. Silly me.

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Posted by Heather Joan Donesky on 05/12/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Butane Hash Oil

You my friend are very misinformed ... You are always welcome to come see me at the Bhogart Eureka location if you would like to make sure this doesn't happen again ... It's really sad that you would result to fear tactics and rehashing a community travesty some almost two years later in order to make your point rather than stand on the ground u believe so firm around your preferred method ... Granted there are dangers in every form of extraction when they are undertaken by amatures and people not adhering to the safety standards set up around each solvent (yes co2 too) ... Perhaps u should also inform your readers that large scale hydrocarbon usage (far larger than you will ever see with a botanical extraction ) is already in Full effect here in Humboldt county through such processing plants as the dairy in Rio Dell ... And from a community industry stand point All forms of extraction have brought some very serious issues to the table that have nothing to do with extraction but are also notable safety and health issues for the general public/consumer/patients ... Perhaps some further education is in order for all ... Sure I think co2 is great ... So is heat ... So is water ... Still all solvents though ... But remember this that when u tie yourself so firmly to one form and out of hand disregard the rest it is much like painting a picture with only one color ... So in closing I'd like to propose to u and your readers to add a few colors to your pallet the world around u is not black and white don't force yourself to paint that pictur either... get educated and be safe first and foremost ... Remember the world watch's our community more than most to lead in an industry that is so young and so under nurtured at this point ... Be part of a collective solution in your community rather than just trying to gain an edge for your argument.

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Posted by J4m3s on 05/02/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Drug Mules and Dogs

Don't worry: after legalization, all the grows will be in places like Merced and Fresno. Maybe you can raise honeybees?

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Posted by Andi Robertson on 03/17/2016 at 3:16 PM

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