When I’m not chatting about books or movies, I am often focusing on serious issues here. So after reading some comments on an article about legalizing pot, I thought it would be fun to discuss something extremely silly.
For those who don’t know, Washington is one of the states that has an initiative on the ballot next month concerning legalizing pot. Not medical marijuana, we already have that. This would make pot a legal, a state-regulated substance like alcohol.
This post is not to argue for or against legalizing pot. It’s about the astonishing silliness of people arguing over what to call it. No matter what your personal opinion on legalization is, I think most of us can agree that people being insulted by use of the word “pot” instead of “cannabis” is ridiculous.
I didn’t even know this was a burning issue until I read the comments on the article here.
Out of several comments covering a range of topics, four people took time out of their busy day to chastise others for using the word pot. According to them, it’s an issue of respect.
Here are a couple of the choice comments:
“dignifying. that’s cannabis. pot is for undignified people that won’t even try to act educated.”
“Just don’t know why anyone would openly display their prejudice,or ignorance.”
I don’t know about you, but last I checked, plants and their byproducts typically don’t have any feelings to get hurt or dignity to protect. Do we really need to be at pains to insure marijuana plants don’t feel disrespected? Are we plant bigots if we use a common epithet, rather than the taxonomically correct appellation?
I was born in the 60s and came of age in the 70s. It’s pot. I guess this guy was talking about me:
“Take the bell bottoms off and let go of your 1975 slang.”
Sure, I’ve called pot by a few other names too, but cannabis has never been one of them. Its common usage in the vernacular is a relatively recent phenomena.
I like to think that I’m a sensitive soul, not wanting to injure others with my word choices. So, what’s next? A campaign for lycopersicum? After all, calling it a tomato is ignorant and disrespectful.