So why does Michigan (and Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan) spell marihuana with an “h” anyway? Michigan’s spelling is primarily sourced from the original spelling of the word, which first appears in US law in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, drafted by the infamous Harry Anslinger, head of the Bureau of Narcotics under FDR. Its origins are in , Mexican-Spanish, and the later modern spelling using a “j” was an uniquely American one. Canada spells it with an “h” as well, as does the federal government on occasion. Our firm uses the “h” spelling out of deference to the Michigan spelling. Both “j” and “h” spellings are equally accurate and acceptable, but if you are conflicted, you can always just use “cannabis”.