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Why the Word 'Recreational' Should Be Retired

Want to destigmatize marijuana? We can start by calling it what it really is.

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This story appears in the August 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Cannabis has an image problem.

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Just the mere fact that I’m using the word cannabis instead of marijuana, or pot, or dope, or weed, or gangsta gumbo is proof of that. Those terms come with baggage, connotations and innuendos left over from the days of Reefer Madness, the 1936 propaganda film that chronicles the insanity caused by a bunch of high school students smoking pot. Or even more recent movies like Pineapple Express and Half Baked, which, though hilarious, portray potheads as complete morons.

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