mar·​i·​jua·​na | \ˌmer-ə-ˈwä-nə, 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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Tom Clarke will be among the first to legally sell recreational marijuana when his shop opens in Newfoundland. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana," 16 Oct. 2018 Nixon has identified herself as a Democratic socialist and called for universal health care, universal rent control, ending cash bail, legalizing marijuana, abolishing ICE, and ending economic inequality. Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About New York's Primary Election on Thursday," 10 Sep. 2018 According to NBC News, his personnel file, which was released by the Kingsland Police Department, showed that Presley had been physically abusive to his wife, and had bought or sold marijuana among other inappropriate incidents. Paula Rogo,, "Georgia Police Officer Charged For Fatally Shooting Fleeing Black Man," 29 June 2018 He’s currently serving 39 months in state prison on drug-trafficking charges and has prior convictions for trafficking cocaine and selling marijuana. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "A Volusia County drug dealer indicted for murder, sheriff says," 25 June 2018 Authorities allege that the victims were attempting to sell marijuana to Williams and his friend, who has not been identified. Steve Helling,, "Son of Dallas Cowboys Legend Charged with Double-Murder," 19 June 2018 But the outlaw spirit endured in the formerly illicit trade that has formed the backbone of Mendocino’s economy since the 70s: growing and selling marijuana. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Hot pot pursuit An Austell man who had just sold marijuana to a cop led police on a chase that ended with his car hitting a tree. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Crimes of Cobb: Man slips and accidentally shoots gun near apartments," 13 June 2018 Cosmo Dinardo, 21, admitted to luring four young men to the home in Bucks County with the promise of selling them marijuana. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Pennsylvania man who killed and buried four men is sentenced to life in prison," 16 May 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 \

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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