Opinion: What Is The Power Of The Name?

Is it “Marihuana, Marijuana or Cannabis?


Oct 15, 2016 –

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As an organic farmer in Josephine County, I wish to ask my fellow Oregon citizens: “Why are we ‘micro- regulating’ the production and consumption of a plant that has caused no deaths we know of?” Let’s examine the historical facts surrounding “Marijuana”.

At the end of alcohol Prohibition in 1933, the obsolescent Prohibition Czar Harry Anslinger campaigned for a new Prohibition and a new job. In 1936, Cannabis did not appear in the 11th edition of the USP. In 1937, Congress passed the “Marihuana Tax Act”, where the word “Marihuana” first enters the American lexicon. Why was it not called the “Cannabis Tax Act”?

In his testimony before Congress; Anslinger’s words are as racist and hurtful as any oratory ever given in this country:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

“…the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him…” Harry J. Anslinger, testimony to Congress, 1937

No one would believe anyone saying that about Cannabis, which was used widely to treat many conditions. The very word “Marijuana/Marihuana” is as racist as the “N” word, which we no longer use in public. Please stop using the “M” word, and observe people’s responses when you use its proper name, Cannabis, consistently.

The International Botanical Congress recognizes Cannabis as its correct Genus or scientific name, worldwide. Why does all Government legislation use “Marih/juana” and not Cannabis?

A little-known fact regards international medical research conducted in 1960s – 1990s. Researchers “discovered” the Human Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS); see Wikipedia on the ECS. All humans, and all mammals, have receptors for cannabinoids located throughout the body. Cannabinoids moderate functions such as hormone metabolism, pain perception, inflammation, mood, emotion, digestion, immune system functions, heart rate, reproduction, cell division and differentiation, and much, much more.Marihuana, marijuana, cannabis, proper name, what should we call marijuana, anslinger

Our ancestors recognized Cannabis as medicine because we are “biologically pre-programmed” to metabolize cannabinoids. Cannabis is our ancestral medicine, in use for more than 5,000 years in literature. Removing Cannabis from the USP made possible the entrance of a new drug; “Marihuana”. If these words mean the same thing, why is modern legislation not using the proper name for this plant?

We can no longer pretend that Cannabis does not heal many common health conditions, like autism, epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, diabetes, PTSD, PMS, etc. etc., etc. This debate is really about “for-profit medicine” versus “Patient- Centered” medicine. I call upon the AMA to return Cannabis to its proper place in the US Pharmacopeia, or tell the American People why it does not belong there. We have already waited far too long for this answer.

USDA released a May 2016 study of American public health. Conducted by Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, it used four simple criteria to evaluate the health of the American public. Just 2.7% of Americans meet the USDA criteria for normal health, while 97.3% failed. This is the predictable outcome of 80 years of industrial medicine in the United States, where profit, not doctors and patients, drives health decisions.


Why did OHA fail to consult any of the nearly 200,000 Oregon Citizens they were and are paid to serve? How can less than 3% of the American People qualify as ‘healthy’ if “for-profit” medicine is serving our needs? Americans spend more on health care per capita than any other nation; why are we not the healthiest people in the world? If pharmaceuticals were producing healthy people, the statistics would surely show that by now. Whose interests are being served under the current “for-profit medicine” system? The opioid addiction epidemic is indeed very lucrative for the drug makers, no?

Patients and Citizens have been abandoned by the Oregon State Legislature, who disregarded the clear mandate of 850,000 voters by dismantling of the OMMP. The State has violated its’ own laws and intentionally harmed the Citizens of Oregon. OHA has failed to fulfill their contract with the Citizens of Oregon.

Oregon should and can lead the world in medical Cannabis research and organic Cannabis production. As an Oregon Citizen, I call upon the State of Oregon to create an Oregon Cannabis Authority to serve the People of Oregon; medical patients, providers and producers.

Since Cannabis has been recognized by Oregon Dept of Agriculture as an “agricultural crop”, let the State tax our exports once at the time of export, like every other agricultural crop the State of Oregon exports.

Marijuana is a Federal corporate fraud. Cannabis is the People’s ancestral medicine.

From: Christine – Cave Junction, Oregon.


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