Why Did Washington State Ban The Word Marijuana From Legislation?


It must be nice living in a state where all of its problems have been solved and the use of the term “marijuana” has been banned.

They did. They did not take the drug. They wouldn’t. Washington State banned the word.

This isn’t a typo.

Washington’s legislature passed a bill banning the word “racist” from official state laws and documents.

Do you think I am kidding? Well, sadly, I’m not.

“The term “marijuana” is itself racist and demeaning,” Washington state Rep. Melanie Morgan stated last year in testimony regarding the legislation she sponsored. “Recreational marijuana became more popular and was associated negatively with Mexican immigrants.”

It’s amazing to me that I have never seen or heard of white people smoking pot. Ever!

Morgan said, “Even though it may seem simple, it’s only one word. The reality is that we’re healing all the wrongs committed against Black people and Brown people around marijuana.”

This is a ridiculous idea. Evidently, the whole legislature. It was unanimously approved and signed by Governor Jay Inslee. However, it will not go into effect until June.

This is ridiculous, but I see an ulterior motive. It seems that the codification of the notion that marijuana is racist may be used as a pretext to allow tax dollars from the cannabis industry to be earmarked specifically for reinvestment into minority communities.

We will feel that the industry paid off when those funds are used to fund college scholarships. A family might want to purchase a home, but they are from the Central District of Seattle. They would like to return to their hometown to get a better deal on housing. These funds could be used to loan them money. Hollingsworth Cannabis Company owner Joy Hollingsworth stated that she is looking for creative solutions to create scalable and impactful solutions in the community.

Is the headline in this article racist?