Original article by Manisha Krishnan, Vice News
As a writer covering the weed beat, I hear about lots of quirky ideas and concerns, some of which I’ve affectionately characterized as “cannabispiracies.”
The latest involves a backlash over words that have long been a part of the weed lexicon—”weed” being one of them.
“Can you stop using the word ‘weed’ and replace it with cannabis. Especially within the context of law and medicine. It sounds awful not edgy,” wrote one commenter in reference to a recent story of mine about the Toronto dispensary raids in which I’d written, “In February, the MMPR program was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, who said patients should be able to grow their own weed.” Another added, “It’s cannabis people.. Let’s be grown ups about this shit.” I was informed that saying “weed” invokes a negative connotation.