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 When asked about the odor and if there was any marijuana in the Jeep, the driver -- without making eye contact -- denied having any in the vehicle. John Benson, cleveland, "Speeding driver attempts to use cologne to cover up marijuana smell: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 29 July 2020 Colorado legalized cannabis delivery with the passage of House Bill 1234 in 2019, starting with medical marijuana in 2020 and followed by recreational cannabis in 2021. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, "Denver risking tax dollars by “ineffectively” auditing marijuana businesses, city auditor alleges," 16 Apr. 2020 The Ohio State Medical Board approved adding cachexia, a wasting syndrome marked by severe weight loss, to the 21 conditions for which patients can treat with medical marijuana if recommended by a physician. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Ohio medical marijuana: State board rejects autism, anxiety as treatable conditions," 8 July 2020 Inside the car, officers found another gun, loaded with 22 rounds of ammunition, $1,150 in cash, and containers, some empty, some holding marijuana. cleveland, "Man drives through red light, causes crash; in car is loaded gun, $1,150 cash, marijuana: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 20 June 2020 Act 286 adds several more conditions and also allows any doctor in good standing to recommend medical marijuana for any patient the doctor believes will benefit. Washington Examiner, "Louisiana governor signs legislation expanding medical marijuana access," 17 June 2020 The man had five grams of marijuana in his sweatshirt pocket. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Video shows Norwood police officer beat man with baton, officer sued for excessive force," 11 June 2020 In the man’s car, police found a grinder and a small amount of marijuana. cleveland, "Motorcyclist who fled from officer arrested two days later after crashing: Solon police blotter," 11 June 2020 The waterlogged packages of marijuana seemingly washed ashore on Okaloosa Island in Florida, about 100 miles east of Mobile, according to a social media post by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "4 large bundles of drugs found on a Gulf Coast beach," 11 June 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 14 Aug. 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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