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 The president also offered full pardons to a Pittsburgh dentist convicted of false billing, an Oklahoma moonshiner, and a Florida marijuana smuggler. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Pardons Former Campaign Aide, Two Former GOP Lawmakers," 23 Dec. 2020 Alfaro planned to cut Cooker out of the drug operation, which involved shipping marijuana from California to Virginia. Washington Post, "How a dispute between 2 Virginia drug dealers turned deadly," 18 Dec. 2020 And in New Hampshire, regulators are allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana via telehealth. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Marijuana dispensaries in some states deemed an "essential service" during coronavirus lockdowns," 25 Mar. 2020 The meeting will mark only the second time that a medical-marijuana company in Arkansas has appealed violations to the Alcoholic Beverage Control board of commissioners. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Rule violations for dispensary focus of appeal," 15 Dec. 2020 Pujols’ gun and White’s marijuana were found in the vehicle. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Metairie parking lot massacre blamed on marijuana deal, two armed teens," 12 Dec. 2020 There are also numerous media reports of sharp increases in the use of medical marijuana during the pandemic. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Latest Connecticut tax statistics show how our behavior has changed during the pandemic: we’re driving less, but smoking and drinking just as much," 3 Dec. 2020 Cleveland thinks her father, a Vietnam War veteran who deals with chronic pain, could benefit from medical marijuana. al, "Who will make money off medical marijuana in Mississippi?," 30 Nov. 2020 Since 2018, the church has also clarified that members can use medical marijuana if it’s deemed necessary by a doctor or another qualified medical provider and as long as the person follows the dosage guidelines. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah County, where voters spurned Prop 2, is home to nearly half the state’s cannabis cardholders," 26 Aug. 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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10 Jan 2021

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“Marijuana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marijuana. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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