Green’s Dictionary of Slang

mary jane n.2

also mary, mary j., maryjane, mary jonas, merry
[lit. trans. of Sp.]

1. (orig. US drugs) marijuana, cannabis.

[UK]Daily Express 11 Oct. 2/7: What is Marijuana? [...] A deadly Mexican drug, more familiarly known as ‘Mary Jane’, which produces wild hilarity when either smoked or eaten.
[UK] (ref. to 1920s) L. Duncan Over the Wall 102: Marijuana [...] called ‘griefo’ or ‘merry’ by addicts that use it, is a product of Mexican hemp.
[US]Time 19 July 54: Marijuana may be called [...] Mary Jane.
[US]Lannoy & Masterson ‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’ AS XXVII:1 28: MARY, n. Marijuana.
[US]J. Rechy City of Night 104: The unmistakable odour of maryjane hovering over us.
[UK]A. Burgess Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 319: Marijuana (Mary Jane, that meant: a mere kitchenmaid of narcotics).
[UK]Manchester Guardian Weekly 20 June 6: The young solider was saying that here in Vietnam cannabis, pot, the weed, giggle-smoke, grass, Mary Jane, call it what you will, is readily available.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 169: [Marijuana’s] immense popularity is reflected in the striking number of terms used to identify it – juana, maryjane, boo, shit, pot.
‘Danger Overhead Junkie’ [poem] at [Internet] Girlfriend as well / I think is only on ‘mary jane’, but it’s still hell.
[US]Africa News Service 29 Nov. [Internet] It was only a matter of time before he too began experimenting with ‘Mary J’ (Mary Jane, slang for marijuana), LSD, speed and anything else he was offered.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 127: He knocked on Manny’s door to tell his parents their son had been smoking ‘that maryjane.’.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 14: Mary — Marijuana [...] Mary Jonas — Marijuana.
[UK]Guerilla Black ‘Sunrise’ [lyrics] Pop the champagne, then blaze the mary j.
[SA]A. Lovejoy Acid Alex xvi: Roll some nice ... smelly ... sticky ... hairy – Mary Jane.
[SA]Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 24 Sept. [Internet] You’re gonna have a sweet time time puffin’ on the sweet Mary-Jane.
[SA]Mail & Guardian (SA) 30 May [Internet] Some of your friends were in [prison] for a little Mary-Jane.
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 10: MARY — See LOUD [i.e. marijuana].
[UK]Guardian CiF 4 June [Internet] Make the stuff a lot harder to get hold of, maybe the kids will stick to maryjane, which just makes them go really slowly.

2. cocaine.

[UK]K. Waterhouse Soho 50: Mary Jane, that’s what they called the stuff now, so Selby had told him. In Leeds it was known as Bolivian marching powder.