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Weed Words With Friends: Is 'Marijuana' Racist?

Is the word "marijuana" racist? Some say it is. Some say it isn't. Who's right?

Should we ditch marijuana altogether and just use the Greek and Latin derived "cannabis" instead? Or is that cultural erasure?

And what's up with Harry Anslinger, the first federal drug czar? He's often cited as the racist bureaucrat who weaponized and racialized marijuana the word and the plant at the expense of Black and Brown communities. But where'd he get those ideas from in the first place?


In this episode Tiara seeks answers from the Latinx community, including Portland-based graphic designers, Savina Monet, and Yvonne Perez Emerson of Make & Mary, as well as Dr. Isaac Campos, Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati and author of the book, Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs.


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Tiara Darnell is the host and executive producer of High, Good People

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