How did the word for a common kitchen instrument become slang for marijuana?

Actually, the origin of pot has nothing to do with the culinary tools. The word came into use in America in the late 1930s. It is a shortening of the Spanish potiguaya or potaguaya that came from potación de guaya, a wine or brandy in which marijuana buds have been steeped. It literally means “the drink of grief.”

Tonight, this grief drink will be the topic of hot debate when city council members in Oakland, California vote on a historic measure that would create licensed medical marijuana factories.

If the plan is approved, the city would license four production plants that would grow, package, and process medical marijuana. Supporters say the plan will provide the city with two things it direly needs: tax revenue and jobs. Opponents decry the wholesale legitimization of a substance that is a narcotic in most of the United States.

Like pot, the word marijuana refers to cannabis, the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The plant grows naturally in central Asia and other warm regions. Its uses vary from recreational to medicinal to religious.

Marijuana is the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant. The word’s origin dates back to the late nineteenth century. It is an Americanism for the Mexican Spanish marihuana or mariguana, which is associated with the personal name María Juana.

Another name for marijuana is Mary Jane, the English version of María Juana. Mary Jane also refers to a small, round sponge cake and a brand of young girls’ patent leather shoes.

The origin of the word “coffee” is much more mysterious than the names for marijuana. Learn the beautiful name for coffee in Arabic in this earlier post.

Whatever you call it — ganja, weed, reefer, tea, bhang, leaf, or skunk — it may soon be legally factory farmed in record amounts in Oakland. What do you think?

News story inspires girls to lose their locks for others.(Neighbor)

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) September 12, 2002 Byline: Denise Raleigh You may have read something like this before … and that’s the point.

Every day newspapers strive to be the first to report on some new or different occurrence. We want to be the first to tell it accurately.

Sometimes following up on a story is just as important.

It was two years ago that 5-year-old Samantha Czech of Naperville read that her friend, Kaitlin McGinnis, was getting her hair cut as part of the Locks of Love program, a nonprofit enterprise that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children across the United States who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss. in our site swim caps

Inspired by her friend, Samantha let her hair grow for the next two years.

She wore two swim caps because one couldn’t hold all of her hair. When it reached her lower back, she made an appointment at Zano Salon.

Last Thursday, Mayor George Pradel arrived for the hair-cutting event. The hair stylist washed, braided and cut Samantha’s hair.

Samantha now feels happy because someone who needs it will receive a wig made from her hair.

“We’re just happy to build some awareness for this program. Not everyone can do it. They like it to be at least 10 inches long because two inches will go into the wig. A boy’s wig requires less,” said Jeannie Czech, Samantha’s mother. “The salon can send it in or the donor can send it in themselves.” “If you’re going into a salon for a big change (long to short hair), what a difference they can make,” Czech said. see here swim caps

Locks of Love, based in Lake Worth, Fla., has been in the business of helping children who suffer from hair loss since 1997. It takes 10 to 15 braids to make one hairpiece that would cost $3,000 if it wasn’t supported by donations. Locks of Love is unique because most of those assisting children in need are children themselves.

Samantha said her friends thought what she was doing was “cool.” Now that her hair is cut, Samantha is having to get used to her new lighter head.

“At night it still feels like I have it. But I’m glad I don’t have to wear two swim caps anymore,” she said.

What are Samantha’s future plans?

“I’m going to grow it out and do it again,” Samantha said.

And if Samantha does decide to grow her hair long and donate it for a second time, we should consider writing about her again.

It was a story about Kaitlin that made Samantha aware of the program. Kaitlin’s initial introduction to Locks of Love came from a newspaper as well.

Kaitlin’s mother, Suzanne McGinnis, said a little more than two years ago her daughter asked her why she liked to read newspapers. She told Kaitlin that she liked to read interesting stories, like the one about Locks of Love.

Kaitlin, who had hair down to her waist, decided she wanted to participate in the program. Six months later her long tresses were on their way to help another child in need.

“I saw a girl that was about 10 and she was in the newspaper. I wanted to do it, too,” Kaitlin said. “My hair was really long.” After Kaitlin donated her locks, four other children, including Samantha, decided to make a donation.

“That makes me happy because more kids will have hair,” Kaitlin said.


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  3. Cedric -  May 25, 2013 - 10:32 am

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    talking about! Thanks

  4. CML -  July 21, 2012 - 6:04 am

    Just give your church some cash, tbey’ll forgive your “sins”

  5. How High -  April 20, 2012 - 5:11 am

    Let it burn, burn for the smokers, those who don’t smoke will smell it!

  6. Kaleb H. -  October 8, 2011 - 9:07 am

    The term marijuana does not just refer to cannabis sativa, it refers to cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and on rare occasions, cannabis ruderalis. Although it is not uncommon in the least bit to find hybrids combining sativa and indica, indica and ruderalis, or sativa and ruderalis.

  7. jason saul -  August 10, 2010 - 10:30 pm

    Hell ya my dad just got his medical marijuana card =)
    o ya bby.

  8. Bryon Feasel -  August 9, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    I am so very pleased at having read your article. Do post more entries in the future. I will be anticipating similar posts with avid interest. Bryon Feasel

  9. Robert -  July 25, 2010 - 10:17 am

    I biggest “win-win” would be to legalize it and tax it. Just like cigarettes or alcohol.

    • Glenn -  April 12, 2014 - 6:16 pm

      I can,t smoke pot myself anymore (get stooped)’ but I thoroughly agree with taxing it like alcohol and cigs.
      I think health and addiction issues are mush worse with alcohol or cigs!

  10. James L -  July 25, 2010 - 6:49 am

    I have a nasty, incurable lymphoma that attacks my skin and my organs (even my tongue). It causes large, ulcerated lesions to appear at random and persist for months upon end on my flesh. Treatment is astronomically expensive, debilitating, and inaffective. I have permanent bone, organ, and cerebral damage from the chemotherapy. Not only does marijuana contain compounds that may help my condition, give me an appetite, and relieve some of may pain…if it was legalized, it would be as FREE to grow as a cucumber. The ‘righteous’ people of this world are so greedy, crooked, and stupid. Glad I won’t be here with them as long as the rest of you. Oh, PS, pharmaceutical corporations in league with FDA cronies are witholding low-risk cancer treatments. The one that would cure me has been availabe in Germany since 1993. OH, MARIJUANA IS SO EVIL!

  11. M Wood -  July 24, 2010 - 11:01 am

    And to the fascists and bible thumpers who believe it is their right or obligation to tell others what is good for them,get a life. Make sure your own house is in order before considering criticizing others. To each his own is the best philosophy I have ever come across, and it is one I fervently uphold.

  12. M Wood -  July 24, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Look, the bottom line is that, as a federal law, pot will not be legalized any time soon. The fact is the gov’t makes too much money off of it as it stands. They can’t regulate it the way they want. People will still grow it themselves, and others will still buy their dime bags.
    As much as I would like to see legalization, I don’t foresee it in the near future.

    • Glenn -  April 12, 2014 - 6:18 pm

      Well, watch the news …..as I hope you know it is happening in a few states allready.

  13. GracefulDave -  July 23, 2010 - 11:12 am

    How can any real progress be made when the information out there isn’t, well, right? I mean, I hold Dr. Dictionary pretty high up in terms of quality of information. Yet they’ve decided to leave out an entire strain. What about Cannabis indica? Does that have its own slang terms? Not that I’m super impressed by the ones offered here. Marijuana actually comes from the Americanization of “mariguana/marihuana” which literally means “intoxicant.” Close guys, close.

  14. magic texta -  July 22, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    @ Mike.

    I that case, why didn’t YOU tell us all something??!
    I’m thinking that was a biased comment!!!

    (…and its not crap…)

  15. dustydankbowlz -  July 22, 2010 - 8:54 am

    Keep it illegal many people will lose their jobs once this goes legal think of the people who grow for you right now most of this medicine comes from northern cal, commercial farming will ruin it all.

  16. Jordan -  July 22, 2010 - 7:36 am

    Also, I’m sure big tobacco and big alcohol want weed to remain illegal. I guarantee they would see sales drop sharply.

  17. Jordan -  July 22, 2010 - 7:33 am

    I can’t believe it took us this long to realize prohibition never really works. Prohibition funded Capone and numerous criminal elements back in the 20s, and now it’s funding cartels and drug barons across the border. Just end this silliness. You sell me alcohol and all the problems that go with it. You sell me cancer causing deathsticks (cigs). But when you sell me sticky green bud that is one of the most mild drugs we know of, it’s suddenly a big deal….

    Just goes to show you, the government looks out for itself and not its people

  18. ? -  July 22, 2010 - 7:09 am

    @this is stupid

    it is only the time for you americans. Thomas probably comes from elsewhere and there IS a time difference.!?

  19. sober -  July 22, 2010 - 5:01 am

    immersion in life, then the blind could become other than the idiot, to you Tarru

  20. Vanessa -  July 22, 2010 - 1:49 am

    So it’s just a coincidence that it give users an expression like they’ve been hit over the head with a pot (or frying pan)?

    • Glenn -  April 12, 2014 - 6:21 pm

      That’s hilarious! You must smoke pot.

  21. Tarru -  July 22, 2010 - 1:47 am

    Okay, then someone needs to write an article: “Dope: Why marijuana and an Idiot Share a Name”

  22. Third -  July 22, 2010 - 1:43 am

    They censor meaningful posts here but leave something as vapid as “first, and yes” for all to see. Why?

  23. Mike -  July 22, 2010 - 1:37 am

    MLJ and magic texta, this is a news article… not a place to preach crap.

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