We need a better term for legalized marijuana, since it looks to be here to stay – and to give wine a run for its money (pun fully intended)
What are we going to call legalized marijuana, now that it’s for sale in one form or another in more than half the states?The news media uses recreational marijuana, which is not only awkward but sounds like something on a children’s playground. “Come on, kids, lets go ride the recreational marijuana.”
Hence, the need for a better term. Although the Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t partake (wine, bourbon, and rye being my vices), I have extensive experience with Cheech & Chong, the old National Lampoon magazine, and Jack Webb’s rants on the subject.
That’s because legalized marijuana is going to appear on the blog as it contends with wine not just for market share, but for consumer hearts and minds. And don’t forget Big Pot. My goal is to find a synonym to use that will be easily identified:
• Reefer. Too 1950s, and especially for anyone who knows “Reefer Madness.”
• Dope. My personal favorite, but probably too 1970s.
• Mary Jane. Too beatnik.
• Weed. Probably the best term to use. It has a long history as a marijuana synonym, and is still in use today. Or so I am told.
• Pot. If not weed, then pot.
• 420. Too Grateful Dead.
• Herb. Too pretentious.
• Cannabis. Even more pretentious than herb.
• Grass. Too Woody Allen.
More about legalized marijuana:
• If you thought winespeak was bad, how does potspeak sound?
• Ask the WC 11
• Dope writing