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

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That placed medical-marijuana providers in conflict with the county’s ban. The Yakima Herald-republic, The Seattle Times, "Uprooting cannabis: Officials stepping up enforcement of ban on recreational marijuana businesses," 13 Apr. 2019 In previous lives this Midcentury Modern building—in a dodgy pocket of L.A. on the edge of Koreatown—was an architect’s office, the headquarters of Cat Fancy magazine, and a marijuana dispensary. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 That money is used to pay for the state bureau that regulates the medical marijuana industry. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 2018 Under earlier versions of the bill, the expungement provision covered people convicted of possession roughly 2 ounces (57 grams) of marijuana. Mike Catalini, The Seattle Times, "New Jersey’s push to legalize recreational marijuana stalls," 25 Mar. 2019 Victoria Bee/Getty Images CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana, has become a popular ingredient lately. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 2018 In less than a month, Canada’s ten provinces and three territories will join nine American states and Washington D.C. that have fully legalized the recreational consumption of marijuana. Fox News, "Canadians could be banned from the US forever if they smoke legal pot," 21 Sep. 2018 Frekoba Thompson, 27, of the 3500 block of West Douglas Boulevard, Chicago, was cited for possession of marijuana at 2:26 a.m. July 7 at Route 83 and St. Charles Road. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst police blotter: Boy playing Pokemon Go in Wilder Park had sword, two knives," 13 July 2018 On a weekday afternoon on South Beach, the sound of reggae and the smell of marijuana were in the air. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of marijuana

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


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


variants: also marihuana \ ˌmar-​ə-​ˈwän-​ə also -​ˈhwän-​ \

Medical Definition of marijuana

2 : the dried leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant that yield THC and are typically smoked for their intoxicating effect — compare bhang, cannabis, hashish

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