Semantics Break-Up Cannabis Legalization Efforts

I’ve seen a number of post over the last few months in which people say they do not favor ‘legalization,’ instead they want to ‘repeal prohibition.’ To add to this, folks who suggest that to ‘repeal prohibition’ is the only true means to set the plant and its consumers free, while ‘legalization’ is just a capitalist trap.

I think this mentality is nothing more than a divisive game of semantics that, overall, hurts the movement.

“Why?” you might ask.

The words ‘legalization’ and ‘repeal prohibition,’ in essence, mean the same things.

legalize or legalise  (ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz)


  1. to make lawful or legal
  2. to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)


repeal    [ri-peel]

 verb (used with object)

  1. to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.

  2. to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislativeenactment; abrogate.

pro·hi·bi·tion prō(h)əˈbiSHən


  1. the action of forbidding something, esp. by law.

“they argue that prohibition of drugs will always fail”

  • a law or regulation forbidding something.

Define Google-Prohibition

Now, I am not saying that there are not contextual situations in which saying ‘repeal [cannabis] prohibition’ is a better choice than ‘legalize’, however, I am saying that these games of semantics do nothing but create meaningless divide within an already fractured movement.


About TriXteR Phillips

Founder and Jack-of-all-Trades at Stand Up and Speak Out a volunteer organization devoted to providing the public with safe, legal, and supportive events on 4-20 to help bring public attention to the need to end cannabis prohibition for all humanity. Founder, Admin, Blogger, and Jack-of-all-Trades at TriXteR Phillips: A Poison Thorn in Prohibition's Side.
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4 Responses to Semantics Break-Up Cannabis Legalization Efforts

  1. Buddy Plant says:

    TriXter…thank you for this…divided we fall…there has to be some rules…even “no rules” is actually a rule itself…peace to you…

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