Throughout the past year we have no doubt seen groundbreaking strides in the cannabis universe.
Our continued efforts to dismantle the failed experiment of prohibition are full of excitement but also frustration.
But even though we still have a lot of work to do, it is simply awe-inspiring to look back on this year in cannabis.
#1) The American Academy of Pediatrics urges the DEA to reclassify cannabis from its current status as a schedule 1 controlled substance.
#2) One year after legalization, Colorado police confirm that “everything is just fine.”
#3) German researchers find further evidence that cannabis fights cancer cells.
#4) Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo find that cannabis can help with depression.
#5) Jamaica officially decriminalizes cannabis.
#6) Alaska becomes the third state to legalize.
#7) Cannabis becomes legal in Washington DC.
#8) After Washington DC legalizes cannabis, a special order allows for citizens to request the return of seized marijuana. That’s right: the cops actually have to hand back your medicine!
#9) Citizens in Connecticut win the right to have their marijuana convictions for possession erased.
#10) Colorado earmarks $15 million in cannabis tax revenue for schools.
#11) Green Flower Media officially launches with its #ComingOutGreen campaign, the videos for which continue to have a major impact
#12) Georgia hands out its first medical marijuana card, but their law only allows oil (it’s a start!).
#13) Actor Morgan Freeman becomes the latest in high-profile figures to support cannabis legalization. He also comes out green!
#14) A Nevada jury acquits a man on felony pot charges.
#15) Texas legalizes CBD oil for epilepsy (close but not close enough – let’s keep pushing hard, Texas!).
#16) A nine-year-old autistic boy speaks his first words just two days after receiving cannabis oil.
#17) Oregon legalizes adult use of cannabis.
#18) The country of Spain decriminalizes cannabis cultivation.
#19) Researchers in Israel find that marijuana can help heal broken bones.
#20) After serving more than 20 years of a life sentence, pot prisoner Jeff Mizanskey gets parole!
#21) The New York Times Editorial Board publishes a report stating that Obama and Congress are being too timid on cannabis reform.
#22) Mexico officially recognizes its first medical marijuana patient – an eight-year-old girl with epilepsy.
#23) Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer becomes the next major CEO to come out green!
#24) Steve DeAngelo publishes the monumental book: Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness.
#25) The U.S. Department of Justice announces the release of 6,000 nonviolent drug offenders.
#26) Legal cannabis in Canada gains a major victor with the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
#27) For what might be the first time in history, a presidential candidate openly supports marijuana legalization during a nationally televised debate.
#28) Croatia legalizes medical cannabis!
#29) The U.S. Senate passes a bill allowing veterans to access medical marijuana.
#30) Illinois opens its first set of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Let’s REALLY crush it in 2016!
Next year is set to be another major year in cannabis, which means more victories of freedom, wellness, and social justice. I say onward!