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Editor's Notes

Give Us Your Best 'Cop Slang' for Marijuana

Officers hear and use plenty of terms for marijuana.

December 07, 2012  |  by

Photo via eggrole/Flickr.
Photo via eggrole/Flickr.

The decision by voters in Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana for recreational use has already made its mark in law enforcement. Earlier this week, the Seattle Police Department sent a memo telling officers to issue verbal warnings to subjects who smoke it in public.

Public toking would still violate the law—voters legalized recreational use of up to one ounce in the privacy of a home—yet the department is already shifting its enforcement strategy.

On Friday, Pierce County (Wash.) Sheriff's deputies responded to a home invasion where two armed, masked men were shot and killed while attempting to rob marijuana and cash at a grower's Puyallup home.

With the marijuana legalization debate now in the spotlight, let's take a look at all the slang terms for marijuana. There are plenty out there, and we'd like your best one. If you can, add it to our Cop Slang dictionary.

Here are a few to get you started—wacky tobaccy, grass, Mary Jane, 4:20, weed, pot, and dope. OK, we gave you the easy ones, now tell us your favorites!

Add your definition


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Comments (7)

Displaying 1 - 7 of 7

erik spaulding @ 12/11/2012 4:38 AM

The Devil's Lettuce

William 322 @ 12/11/2012 9:07 PM

toke pipes
toke up
Wacky terbacky
Zombie weed
Acapulco gold
Acapulco red

Jim A @ 12/11/2012 9:13 PM

I sometimes call marijuana "Hey, Man" (or Hay Man) and "Dude". As a training officer, I have told my trainees that if these words come out of someone we have contacted, they have been smoking MJ. It is funny how many times this has been shown to be true and how many trainees have looked at me like I could see the future!

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 12/13/2012 7:57 AM

"Mary Jane", but that dates me.

bman @ 12/13/2012 8:51 AM

green, sticky, bud, reefer, burn, weed, hydro, to add to whats already there.

Steve @ 12/13/2012 12:23 PM


I'm with ya Capt David....on the dating myself part.

Lucy @ 12/14/2012 9:07 AM

smoke; ganja; blunt; oregano; sack; stinkweed; hash...

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