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Stop calling marijuana by the ’70s perjorative ‘pot’

Maryland's medical marijuana program was established in 2013, granting licenses to grow and process medical cannabis. After five years of delays and complications, sales to approved patients by dispensaries finally began in 2017.
Maryland's medical marijuana program was established in 2013, granting licenses to grow and process medical cannabis. After five years of delays and complications, sales to approved patients by dispensaries finally began in 2017. (iStock)

It can be difficult to keep up with the times, but a newspaper should be in sync with the progress in the world. In this small instance, I note that the Sunpapers still use the word “pot” in headlines regarding cannabis.

Pot is a throwback term, and is taking on a pejorative tint in the burgeoning cannabis industry. With the legitimization of industrial hemp and medical and recreational cannabis throughout the country, the Sunpapers should use the correct scientific name, if not to educate, at least to shake off the mastodon-like nature of the term.

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At least you have stopped calling it weed.

Terrence C. McAndrews

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