Nevada City's Ardwelia Kushborn, founder of Signal Shield Protectiveware Clothing
Nevada City’s Ardwelia Kushborn, founder of Signal Shield Protectiveware Clothing. She can’t spell ‘medical marijuana’ so she just abbreviates it as MMJ.

Nevada City, CAArdwelia Kushborn of Nevada City is a local clothing entrepreneur and medical marijuana advocate. However, despite her enthusiasm for what she calls “grass-roots medicine,” she can’t spell the words “medical marijuana,” so she cleverly resorts to the abbreviations MMJ or more simply, MM.

“I’m a terrible at spelling,” said Ms. Kushborn working her patented line of Chemtrail-resistent clothing booth on Nevada City’s Commercial Street. “And marijuana is just one of those words that’s really tricky. I mean, I can spell ‘medical’, but I don’t want to spell that out while leaving the word marijuana as an abbreviation or worse, spelled wrong.”

According to a recent study by the Palo Alto, CA-based Rundex Family Foundation, approximately 64.4% of people cannot spell the word ‘marijuana’ correctly.

“I know this seems like a weird thing to study, but I gotta tell you, we’ve studied weirder ones,” said lead Rundex researcher Robert Colvin in a Gish Gallop telephone interview. “But the data suggests that there is some anxiety around the word which causes people to avoid spelling it out. So they just abbreviate it. More study is needed, although I’m not sure why we did this in the first place.”

As for Ms. Kushborn, she bristles at the notion that she’s somehow afraid of the word.

“Wow, I mean, that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard,” continued Ms. Kushborn. “I’m not afraid of a plant, I’m just a bad speller. Sheesh ol’-mighty. People need to lighten up a bit.”

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