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We prefer to use the scientific name, cannabis, rather than the common name, , because we are aligned with evidence-based research and practices that further an understanding of the potential of the cannabis plant. Moreover, has pejorative associations, a term that carries a devastating legacy of public misperception, racial discrimination, and injustice.
In the early half of the 20th century, came to be used as the name for the plant that immigrants from Mexico introduced into Texas border towns where it was smoked and sold. It is well documented that the name played off of racial prejudice and anti-immigrant fears and was adopted in order to create a highly sensationalized image of a narcotic capable of turning people insane and violent. This early social and political propaganda against was so effective that it resulted in the legislated ban in 1937 that later led to criminalization of use and still continues to guide public policy today.
Up until the 20th century, however, the cannabis plant had enjoyed an honorable reputation as a potent medicinal herb throughout a long history that spanned thousands of years and numerous cultures. The therapeutic value of cannabis was already well established in 19th century literature and pharmaceutical companies like Bristol-Myers Squib and Eli Lilly sold it in remedies to treat a variety of ailments.
Our vision is that society and government will return to a more accurate perspective on this remarkable plant and give it a legitimate place in the spectrum of treatments options.