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 Chandler Smith, of Cheviot, was planning to smoke marijuana with Antonio Dion Hendrix, 21, the night of April 14, according to court documents. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Suspect arrested after Cheviot man, 4-year-old son held at gunpoint during robbery," 12 May 2020 And last June, the mother of Jackson’s infant daughter accused him of smoking marijuana around the child, according to family court records. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Mailbag: Who should Detroit Pistons prioritize in the draft, and why is it LaMelo Ball?," 5 May 2020 In the midst of the pandemic another employee of Navalny’s Kemerovo office, Alexei Sushchenko, was jailed ahead of trial on a charge of possession of marijuana. Sarah Hurst, National Review, "Russia’s Coronavirus Crackdown," 8 Apr. 2020 The room where people could smoke marijuana would be sequestered from the rest of the retail store. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "On-site marijuana consumption is on the Anchorage ballot this spring. Here’s what to know.," 28 Mar. 2020 Los Angeles County prosecutors are partnering with a nonprofit technology firm to wipe out or reduce up to 66,000 marijuana convictions that disproportionately impacted minorities over decades. Fox News, "Los Angeles wiping out 66,000 old marijuana convictions, with tech nonprofit's help," 14 Feb. 2020 Citing the need to bring relief to people of color who are disproportionately impacted by drug laws, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey dismissed nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions on Thursday. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Nearly 66,000 weed convictions dating back to 1961 to be dismissed in Los Angeles County," 13 Feb. 2020 Los Angeles County will vacate nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to the 1960s, part of a growing national effort to reduce drug convictions. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Los Angeles to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions," 13 Feb. 2020 Deputies who rushed to the home found a trail of blood on the property and could smell marijuana, but the shot woman had already been taken to the hospital. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Pregnant Katy woman shot during possible home invasion not cooperating with investigators, cops say," 4 Feb. 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 29 May. 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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