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Hawaii Senator Believes ‘Cannabis’ Is Much Better Term for ‘Marijuana’

State authorities are taking a deeper look at the usage and etymology of the word “marijuana.” The word “cannabis” is now considered to be a more appropriate term for using in the industry than its synonym “marijuana.” That is the main reason why Hawaii Senator decided to remove the word “marijuana” from the state’s vocabulary.

Senate Bill 786, supported by Sen. Mike Gabbard, is aimed to replace “medical marijuana” with “medical cannabis.” According to the new law, the state Department of Health would check and amend all its official documents, websites, and letterheads.

Gabbard has recently said that the word “marijuana” causes prejudicial implications connected with racial stereotypes. “Cannabis, ” on the other hand, does not carry any negative meaning according to Gabbard.

The term “marijuana” comes from the Spanish word “marihuana.” However, the word’s actual origin is still a topic of discussion, as it could have come from three different continents. The word “marijuana” is rooted in racism that originally appeared during the Mexican Revolution of 1910, and there are many other words that can be used instead.

Although the Hawaiian lawmakers are making significant steps forward replacing the word “marijuana” with a more accurate “cannabis,” the majority of the state’s recent cannabis-related bills have died in legislature.

Still, some cannabis bills are now moving through the state’s legislature system. SB-305, which would make all dispensaries record video footage for 45 days, and HB-263, which is aimed to establish a General Excise Tax for a part of dispensaries’ gross income, are among the most disputable.

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