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 Soon after, Bill and Don were implicated in multi-million dollar marijuana trafficking schemes that funded or partially funded, high-end racing teams. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Bill Whittington, 24 hours of Le Mans winner and IndyCar driver, died Friday at 71," 26 Apr. 2021 In 1996, California became the first state to approve the use of medical marijuana through Proposition 215. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Marijuana by the numbers as 420, the unofficial high holiday, turns 50," 19 Apr. 2021 In 2016, the Legislature passed another law — sponsored by Gaetz, Brodeur and a third legislator — expanding the type of medical marijuana that patients could use and the conditions for which physicians could prescribe it. Jason Garcia, orlandosentinel.com, "How medical marijuana, powerful allies fueled rise of Orlando doctor now embroiled in Matt Gaetz sex scandal," 16 Apr. 2021 There is also movement on smaller items: Texas, Alabama, and South Carolina appear poised to approve the use of medical marijuana. BostonGlobe.com, "Under the radar, states around the country are quickly making marijuana legal," 14 Apr. 2021 As of April 7, 15 states have legalized recreational and medical marijuana through voter ballot initiatives or state bills. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "Legal marijuana movement builds as more states change laws," 8 Apr. 2021 Enright reportedly disclosed her use of medical marijuana after taking a drug test at work because of an onsite injury. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida teacher fired for medical marijuana use: report," 25 Mar. 2021 Franklin oversaw Alaska’s rollout of legal marijuana as the head of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office before resigning in December 2016. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Houston marijuana operation accused of using pesticides, falsifying records in rare criminal case," 5 Mar. 2021 The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to regulate the production, sales and use of medical marijuana. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Senate approves medical marijuana bill," 24 Feb. 2021

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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 6 May. 2021.

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marijuana

noun

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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