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Why legal marijuana is abandoning weed’s old slang

By Frank Nuessel

For decades, the marijuana industry operated underground, outside the confines of the law.

But even though at the federal level possession and the use and sale of marijuana remain illegal, 29 states and the District of Columbia now allow medicinal marijuana to be sold for the treatment of specific diseases. Moreover, nine states now permit its recreational use.

As a linguist, I’ve been interested in exploring how legalization has changed the way we talk about the drug — specifically, how new dispensaries are marketing their product.

Marijuana terminology is vast, with as many as 1,200 slang words used to describe the drug and its various strains.

Read more at The Washington Post

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