What’s in a name? New Jersey makes the distinction for the term cannabis. | Local News
Hemp has been used in the manufacture of clothing, and the Farm Bill of 2018 officially legalized the cultivation of hemp and the sale of products containing the non-psychoactive ingredient CBD, credited with several beneficial properties.
“I think it’s a useful distinction,” Sedia said.
Likewise, samples of legal hemp, black market marijuana, and state-regulated cannabis would be indistinguishable outside of a lab.
As for the newly legal substance, the weed under another name will have an equally skunky smell.
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Names like weed and weed have hippie credibility. The word ganja has a spiritual connotation, said Forchion. Cheeba appears in early rap songs, while long before that jazz musicians called him pawn, he added.
In California, he heard people call him Indo. In the East, it’s best known in reference to the classic Snoop Dogg “Gin and Juice,” while Dr. Dre brought the word “chronic” to the nation for high quality buds. The number 4-20, closely associated with cannabis, would originally refer to a time of day.
There are reasons to change the slang for something illegal, Forchion said, especially when the consequences of an arrest for possession were much more serious.
“Don’t forget the reefer. It’s another one of those names from the 1940s and 1950s, ”he said.