“Marijuana,” perhaps the most common word used to describe the plant in the United States, is of Latin American origin. The term was quickly weaponized against Spanish-speaking communities and cannabis users in the early 1900s, however, with law enforcement and the feds attaching a racist connotation to it. Decades later, the country’s first federal cannabis arrest involved a Mexican-American man: Moses Baca was arrested (in Denver, no less) in 1937 for buying and possessing a quarter-ounce of pot, for which he served over a year in prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Hispanics have often been on the painful side of America’s cannabis story, and the community is still…
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