Author: Ken Tankerous / Source: verp
- Do you know that most, if not all words in the English language derive from Latin? This fact is the basis of self-proclaimed “Cannabis aficionado” Harry Nugs’ belief that any other term in place of its original name ” Cannabis,” is flat out racist.
- Only becoming widely known as marijuana sometime in the late 1700s, Nug says the term “marijuana,” was given to the plant as a means of erasing the plants true history, by a Swedish know-it-all.
- Nugs finds that his knowledge-base comes as a surprise to most, but hopes that the herb’s true name will help reduce stigma associated with Cannabis’s past–and in some places–present history.
A weed smoker who insists upon interjecting his linguistic preferences into every passing conversation about the devil’s lettuce is the hit of every party he attends, say friends, family, coworkers, and strangers.
Harry Nugs, a self-described ‘cannabis aficionado’ who says he has been smoking weed most of his adult life, has taken to interrupting every conversation he comes across where someone mentions marijuana, to explain that the term is racist and that people should only ever call the plant by its latin genus, Cannabis sativa.
Nugs says his interest in the subject came about when he read an article about a year ago that explained that a man name Harry Asslinger invented the word marijuana because he was a racist. This discovery, says the 22 year old dope fiend, opened his eyes to larger systemic issues of colonialism embedded within our linguistic pedagogy.
“Before Henry Asslinger came along, every called it cannabis,” explains Nugs. “People smoked it freely all over the world, and only called it by its original binomial name provided by some Sweedish dude in the mid 1700s.”
“People don’t seem to understand how racist it is to call it ‘weed’ or ‘marijuana’ or ‘ganja’ or ‘dank’ or ‘pot’ or…