Does it matter if we call it pot, or weed, or cannabis? Absolutely.
Last month, I travelled to Los Angeles to speak on a diversity panel at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, the same conference Roger Stone had been ousted as keynote speaker for his racist, tone-deaf commentary. The discussion focused on the work my fellow panelists have done and are currently doing to include communities of color in the cannabis industry.
However, part of the discussion focused on the language used when talking about the plant. It’s no secret that cannabis has a range of nicknames, but should we use them? The words “pot” and “weed” are bastions of a different era. Using them calls forth images of lazy stoners and sketchy drug deals. On top of that, “marijuana” is racially-derived.
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Susan Soares has written for Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, and Sensi Magazine.