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18/07/16 ‘MARIJUANA’ or ‘MARIHUANA’: Which One is Correct?

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The former now predominates in judicial opinions and should be preferred.
Justice Lewis Powell of the U.S. Supreme Court, speaking in a luncheon stated: “The big problem we had in the Court this part Term was how to spell marijuana. We were about equally divided between a “j” and an “h” and since I was supposed to be the swing vote on the court, and just to show my impartiality, I added a footnote in a case . . . in which I spelled marijuana with a “j” once and an “h” in the same sentence.”

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