marijuana

noun
mar·​i·​jua·​na | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈwä-nə How to pronounce marijuana (audio) , ˌma-rə- also -ˈhwä- \
variants: or less commonly marihuana

Definition of marijuana

1 : the psychoactive dried resinous flower buds and leaves of the female hemp or cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or C. indica) that contain high levels of THC and are smoked, vaped, or ingested (as in baked goods) especially for their intoxicating effect : cannabis

Note: Several substances (as cannabidiol) lacking psychoactive properties are extracted from the flower buds of marijuana and are used medicinally.

— compare bhang, hashish — see also medical marijuana

Examples of marijuana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early numbers from the nationwide cannabis data intelligence firm Headset showed that legal marijuana sales in California skyrocketed 159% on Monday compared with the same day in 2019. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "'It's about being well': Cannabis shops thrive as 'essential businesses' in coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 But the marijuana program will be temporarily suspended. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "NBPA executive director Michele Roberts: 'A whole lot of us are going to test positive'," 18 Mar. 2020 Other opponents are uneasy about Kentucky getting ahead of federal marijuana policy. Bruce Schreiner, Fortune, "The push to legalize medical marijuana across the South is upending longstanding views," 16 Mar. 2020 This the third mandatory recall for Ohio's medical marijuana program, which began sales in January 2019. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio medical marijuana recalled after it wasn't fully tested," 14 Mar. 2020 Initiative Petition 44 would decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs and redirect most revenue generated by recreational marijuana sales toward drug abuse treatment. oregonlive, "With coronavirus spreading in Oregon, how will it shape state politics?," 10 Mar. 2020 The Breakfast Club cornered several candidates on tough issues, including Sen. Kamala Harris’s flip on marijuana policy and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Native American ancestry. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Owes black people his political life': Radio host rips Biden for refusing to appear on The Breakfast Club," 9 Mar. 2020 His companion was issued a citation for smoking marijuana. Fox News, "Viral video shows New York City cops pouncing on man in marijuana bust," 7 Mar. 2020 Companies hoping to put the marijuana-adjacent product in dietary supplements and cosmetic products have long complained that the FDA’s rules are not clear enough to justify their investment in the industry. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Congress asked the FDA to explain its rules on CBD — but its new report offers little clarity," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of marijuana

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for marijuana

Mexican Spanish mariguana, marihuana

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The first known use of marijuana was in 1874

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“Marijuana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marijuana. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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marijuana

noun
How to pronounce marijuana (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of marijuana

: the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant that are smoked as a drug

marijuana

noun
mar·​i·​jua·​na | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈwä-nə How to pronounce marijuana (audio) \

Kids Definition of marijuana

: dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant smoked as a drug

marijuana

noun
mar·​i·​jua·​na
variants: also marihuana \ ˌmar-​ə-​ˈwän-​ə also -​ˈhwän-​ \

Medical Definition of marijuana

1 : the psychoactive dried resinous flower buds and leaves of the female hemp or cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or C. indica) that contain high levels of THC and are smoked, vaped, or ingested (as in baked goods) especially for their intoxicating effect : cannabis

Note: Several substances (as cannabidiol) lacking psychoactive properties are extracted from the flower buds of marijuana and are used medicinally.

— compare bhang, hashish — see also medical marijuana

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