Yesterday's Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day had an interesting entry:
marijuana; marihuana. The former spelling now predominates and should be preferred. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, speaking in 1986 at a luncheon, stated: "The big problem we had in the Court this past 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." Quoted in ABA Journal, 1 Oct. 1986, at 34.
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