from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall annual dioecious plant (Cannabis sativa), native to central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers.
- n. Any of several mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drugs, such as ganja, hashish, or marijuana, prepared from various parts of this plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tall annual dioecious plant (Cannabis, especially Cannabis sativa), native to central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers.
- n. A mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drug prepared from various parts of this plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of urticaceous plants, of a single species, C. Indica. See bhang and hemp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs
- n. the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
In a separate incident, police uncovered what they described as a cannabis factory at a building on the Carnpark Road in Katesbridge, Co Down.
There are no displays of hemp leaves or any other sign that cannabis is for sale, in line with strict advertising rules, though multiple portraits of Bob Marley hint at the core business.
Coinciding with a tightening of laws regarding prostitution - another tolerated industry - the authorities 'new stance on cannabis is raising questions about whether Dutch society is moving away from laissez-faire traditions, which have included some of the earliest gay-friendly policies in Europe and the provision of free contraception to teenage girls.
In particular, the absence of legal means for coffee shops to obtain cannabis has highlighted their association with organized crime.
The Heritage Memorandum repeats the claim that cannabis is a "gateway drug" that can lead users "to more dangerous drugs."
Suppose you convinced anti-medical-marijuana people that cannabis is indeed the only effective treatment for many patients, that they would suffer horribly without it, and that legalizing it for those patients would not lead to more illegal use by teenagers.
There are two basic breeding lines in cannabis hybridization: the wild species, Cannabis sativa, and a subspecies named indica.
"The debate moves from whether cannabis is going to be legal to how cannabis is going to be legal," he said.
Maybe cannabis is effective for pain or nausea of cancer.
But if you're talking about tolerance and dependence and withdrawal and sort of the physical hallmarks of addiction, cannabis is very low on the list.