I still get insensed, when I hear prof. journos. using the slang name (‘marijuana’) in the medicinal context. It seems that they are deliberately ‘courting controversy’ using a ‘mixed metaphor’ so to speak. I watched a NZ current affairs show & this is exactly what happened; they seemed serious about:
1) GPs in Aotearoa/NZ prescribing cannabis to cancer patients, esp. terminal illness. They said the downside of current law, they can not officially discuss or RECORD details on patient ‘illegal use’ (aprox. 40-60%). This is blocking genuine/serious research into the matter.. why ?
2) a branch of ‘Grey-power’ (age care concern) have recently recommended use of cannabis, to its members for managing pain. They have also petitioned parliament, after doing research into the plant
This was great to see/hear.. but the whole level of serious content was spoiled by the use of the M-word (by the journo.) in this context.. it should only ever be used in the ‘recreational context’ (IMHO) 😦