To the average person, the word “smurf” likely conjures up images of a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushrooom-shaped houses in the forest.

But in the marijuana black market and beyond, the word — and variations of it — have far different connotations than the series of characters created in 1958 by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and popularized in the U.S. in the 1980s.

Urbandictionary.com defines a cannasmurf, for example, as “a person who is a member of several medical cannabis dispensaries and who obtains the maximum allowable quantity of cannabis from these clubs in order to obtain a sizable amount of cannabis for personal or commercial reasons.”

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