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Jonathon Green Biography

Slang lexicographer
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The demonization of cannabis is as much a matter of luck, and timing, as anything more intrinsic. Its coevals alcohol and nicotine – both bearing their own drawbacks – remain legal (even if those who would deny adults the choice of their own lifestyles, injurious or otherwise, campaign hard against them). For several reasons, many of them outright racist, cannabis drew the short straw. But losing one more variety of personal recreation is of secondary importance. Until 1937 when America instituted its prohibition, cannabis was among the most widely used, and unarguably proven medicines in the Western pharmacopoeia. To outlaw so efficacious a treatment was, there is no milder world, a sin.

I smoked my first joint in 1966. I am still smoking, though less now, and in a pipe rather than mixed with tobacco. I prefer, as I have always done, hashish to marijuana. Contrary to the scare propaganda which alleges these problems, I have found cannabis neither anti-motivational, destructive of relationships, nor injurious to my memory. I have written or compiled fifty-plus books, lived with one partner for more than 25 years and I write dictionaries, a task that is particularly demanding of what one might term the ‘mental filing cabinet.'”

Cannabis, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Slang lexicographer
  • Author
  • Freelance journalist
  • Broadcaster
  • Lecturer
  • Occasional columnist, Erotic Review
  • Former writer, Friends, IT and Oz and other London, UK-based “underground” magazines
  • Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1969
  • Attended Bedford School, 1965
  • Born April 20, 1948 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, UK
  • Primarily works in the collection and analysis of slang