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Alcohol/Drug Ed > Cannabis

Shifting Language

Why does The Well now try to use the word “cannabis” and not “marijuana?”

  • “Cannabis” is objective--it’s the scientific name of a genus which contains several species of psychotropic (mind altering) plants.
  • “Marijuana” is a word associated with 20th century propaganda campaigns.

Changing attitudes around cannabis

Though cannabis laws in the United States are changing, it is still illegal to possess in Virginia. And while cannabis use rates seem to be increasing among young people, many VCU students choose to abstain. 

The not so great news about cannabis...

Concerned about cannabis use?