Talk about going to extremes to be politically correct, there’s a Halifax city councillor who says he will no longer use the term “marijuana” because it is racist. Now that’s a new one. His rationale is that in the early 1900’s during the criminalization of cannabis in the U.S. “marijuana” was used to demonize marginalized communities, mainly Mexicans. I don’t know. Marijuana has been the word associated with the dried leaves and flowering tops of hemp plants containing THC and smoked or eaten for their intoxicating effects since I can remember, and I can’t think of anyone who believes the word has racist overtones.
Cannabis is the other term for it but I don’t think it’s used anywhere near as much in everyday speech. We are careening blindly down the path of political correctness. It’s almost at the point where it’s a no-no to use the word “failure”, especially when it comes to kids. So are they instead “achieving a deficiency”? Will a homely person be referred to as “cosmetically different”? A clumsy person is “uniquely coordinated”? Someone dishonest will be called “ethically disoriented”? Someone who has passed away will be referred to as “living impaired”? An ignoramus (did someone say White House?) will just be a “knowledge-based non-possessor”? Sometimes I wonder when and where the race to perfect political perfection will end.