Vice President Kamala Harris and Mike Pence
This election can very easily change the number of states with legal medicinal and recreational legislation. But despite marijuana legalization support has increased in state capitols throughout the nation, Congress continues to remain stalled.
With less than two weeks away from the election, five states are voting on cannabis legalization on Nov. 3. States — Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota are voting on legalizing cannabis for all adults over the age of 21. Furthermore, South Dakota has medical-cannabis on the ballot, while Mississippi is voting on a medical-marijuana program.

Tennessee Senator Releases Cannabis New Medicinal Campaign Ad

Despite the number of voters in favor of a marijuana reform, there is no current legislation passed in the Tennessee legislature. Last Friday, Oct. 23, Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Republican for Tennessee released a 30-second commercial spot lighting marijuana criminalization and benefits of medicinal cannabis. Dickerson also said the policy change would be legislative priority if he’s reelected.

“As your state senator, I’ve led the fight to legalize medical marijuana so our veterans and sickest Tennesseans can deal with chronic pain,” he said. “But this same life-saving plant has led to mass incarceration, with nonviolent marijuana possession resulting in lengthy prison sentences.”

Harris Vows Decriminalization

On Oct. 7, during the Vice Presidential Debate between incumbent Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, she vowed, if elected, to decriminalize cannabis. Marijuana and drug enforcement was a heated disagreement during the discussion on race and the criminal justice system.
“We will decriminalize the use of marijuana and automatically expunge all marijuana use convictions and incarceration for drug use alone,” she said during the debate.
In addition, Harris pledged the Biden-Harris administration would take measures to track police who abuse their positions, ban private prisons and cash bail.
“This is no time—from, I think, our collective perspective— for half-stepping,” she added. “This is no time for incrementalism. We need to deal with the system, and there needs to be significant change in the design of the system so that we can support working people, so that we can fight for the dignity of people, so that we can make sure that all people have equal access to opportunity and to justice.”
Although Pence didn’t weigh in on the cannabis issues, he attacked Harris’ drug enforcement record as a prosecutor in San Francisco. Harris also shared the same plans during a virtual Labor-centric town hall.
“When you were [district attorney] in San Francisco, when you left office, African Americans were 19 times more likely to be prosecuted for minor drug offenses than whites and Hispanics,” Pence said. “When you were attorney general of California, you increased the disproportionate incarceration of blacks in California. You did nothing on criminal justice reform in California.”
On the right political spectrum, President Donald Trump has voiced his support for letting states enact their own marijuana policies without federal interference.
Biden has opposed legalizing cannabis, but according to a number of media reports has backed letting states set their own laws, legalizing medicinal cannabis, decriminalizing and expunging past records. He has also supported, “modestly rescheduling the drug under federal law,” according to media reports. Currently, marijuana is still on the list of drugs restricted by the 1970 Controlled Substances Act.
In addition, Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said that legalization would be at the front end of the 2021 congressional agenda if former vice president, now the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden and Harris are elected. But earlier this summer, he also noted that regardless of Biden’s stance on cannabis, Congress will advance a cannabis reform.

No Time For Half-Steppin’

Cannabis industry advocates like CEO of Camp Nova, a technology platform focused on cannabis brands out of Oakland, Calif., Kamala’s hometown, Marvin Wilcher, is keeping watch on the decriminalization of cannabis with high hopes that it will further improve the cannabis industry.


Another name that is easy to guess is why it was given to weed. Green is referring to the color of weed.


This term is commonly used in the media. It can be a day like April 20th or 4:20 p.m./a.m. Many have used the day and time to smoke weed. It is also a worldwide stoner holiday. For example, like the Cannabis festival in Humboldt county on 4/20. The origin of 420 is still unknown but the term is commonly used. One of the stories is that it began in the 1970s with a group of California students at Rafael High School who would meet to smoke weed at 4:20 p.m.


Weed is also called skunk because of the smell of the plant. Some find the smell unpleasant. It differs from person to person.



This word became a slang word because of a famous rapper, his name Snoop Dog. In an interview with actor/comedian Seth Rogan, Snoop Dog and he were getting high and explained that he first used the word in the 1990s when he misheard someone. That person told Snoop Dog that they were growing cannabis hydroponically at a party and Snoop Dog thought they said “hydrochronic”. Snoop Dog later shortened it to “chronic”. Other rappers, like Dr. Dre, started using the term. He also used it for his classic album “The Chronic.”


Doja as in Doja Cat the artist is also a slang term for weed. This word existed before Doja Cat came up with her name but in an interview with Capital Xtra, she explained that it was another word for weed and she chose it as the name because it sounded cute.

Names From Different Languages Or Cultures


This term is used in Jamaica but the word is Sanskrit for the word hemp. Sanskrit is an old Indo-Aryan language of South Asia. Ganja is “a potent and selective preparation of marijuana used especially for smoking.”


This term came from the Spanish language. It means speck and is used to describe a small amount of weed. It is popular in Latin America and the southern states like California or Texas.


Another word for weed, the term comes from North Africa and is pretty common in Morocco.


This is a term that comes from South Africa. According to the United Nations website, the word is derived from the Hottentot word “dacha”


This term is used in Hawaii and is a Hawaiian word.

Doña Juanita

This term came from the Spanish language. Doña is used as a form of respect to call a woman who is typically older. Juanita is a regular name in Spanish. The reason people call weed, Doña Juanita, is probably from the word marijuana. Marijuana has the word “Juana” and why she is Juanita.

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