Hard to believe this little gem slipped past our radar during the ’22 legislative session: HB-1210 was passed to remove the word “marijuana” from the RCW (Revised Code of Washington) and replaced with “cannabis”. According to the bill’s sponsor, Representative Melanie Morgan of Washington’s 29th legislative district: “The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist. As recreational marijuana use became more popular, it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants.”
The bill states: “The legislature finds that the use of the term “marijuana” in the United States has discriminatory origins and should be replaced with the more scientifically accurate term, “cannabis.”
This bill was passed through the legislature with bipartisan support. It’s interesting that over half of the Republicans voted to pass this bill.
Well, what’s the big deal? you ask.
The big deal is that this is a strategy the democrats have been very successful in using to move the needle further and further to the left. They take these seemingly small steps to change the language, change the narrative, change public perception and it’s not long before they have moved the needle so far, we’re in unrecognizable territory.
A bill like this was certain to pass in Washington’s Democrat-led legislature, so a no vote would not have changed the outcome. It would, however, made a statement of principle. We cannot allow the leftists democrats to continue to manipulate our language to promote their woke agenda. We can find something to be offended about by pretty much anything if we look hard enough. Where does it end? If we put up with garbage, woke, weird, games like this, there is no end and the insanity will only continue to get worse.
We must hold our elected officials accountable for bills like this – even if they seem small and irrelevant. They are neither small nor irrelevant. “Little bills” like this is what has gotten us to this time of insanity in which we are currently living.