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The transformation of marijuana — aka pot, weed, reefer, ganja, dope, herb, bud, grass, Mary Jane — has been nothing short of dramatic. Those problematic monikers, based on fear and xenophobia, have largely been dropped in favor of the word "cannabis" because, well, that’s the plant’s genus name.

And for the past six years in the Evergreen State, people over 21 have been able to saunter into local shops and, without looking over their shoulders, peruse the products of Washington farmers for recreational use. It’s all licensed, curated, tested, labeled and well-lit. Now, in the middle of a coronavirus-related shutdown, it’s been deemed an essential service by the state, in part because cannabis has been available for medical use since 1998.

Meanwhile, many of our cannabis-curious readers have burning questions, some of them related to the ongoing pandemic like, “Will cannabis help with my anxiety?” We get to the bottom of that and much more in this week’s Cannabis Issue. Enjoy!

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About The Author

Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...