We have finally arrived at our tenth and final installment of Great Moments in Pot History. We covered biblical weed, monarchy weed, prohibition weed, beatnik and hippie weed. We delved into the science of weed and learned how it affects our brains. We got to know marijuana pioneers like Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Allen Ginsburg and we collectively grimaced at marijuana’s continued scheduling as a class one drug. Today we’re looking at the most recent moments in pot history and preparing for all the greater moments to come.
The Cole Memo
In August of 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy. From the DOJ document, “…For states … that have enacted laws to authorize the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana… the Department has informed the governors … that it is deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time.” And the growing list of states with legalized medicinal cannabis holler, “‘BOUT TIME!”
Cannabis Sales in the Billions
In 2016, Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, reported that cannabis sales had reached over one billion dollars. With Washington and Oregon trailing behind, we have yet to see how these gains will impact city and state governments and services, but we enthusiastically hope that all this weed smoke has inspired some political altruism…we hope.
The Green Rush
Finally, a Gallup poll conducted last year (2016) showed that a whopping 60% of Americans supported marijuana reform. The tide is changing rapidly, and the implications are far more salient than we could estimate in a blog post. Needless to say, we are enthusiastic about this new Green Rush.
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Click on the links below for our entire series on Great Moments in Pot History:
Great Moments in Pot History Part I
Great Moments in Pot History Part II
Great Moments in Pot History Part III
Great Moments In Pot History Part IV
Great Moments In Pot History Part V
Great Moments in Pot History Part VI
Great Moments In Pot History Part VII