A Look Back: Marijuana In 2014

A Look Back: Marijuana In 2014

2014 marked one of the most historically significant years for cannabis legislation since Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The wheels of the legislative process are slowly turning, and laws are starting to reflect the views of the growing majority of marijuana supporters in the United States. This infographic takes a close look at the changing tides of legislation and the rapidly shifting social perceptions of marijuana in 2014.

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Yes, last year was a good year for cannabis proponents. Although Federal prohibition on marijuana remains in tact for the foreseeable future, the attacks on medical marijuana growers and providers were officially put to a halt this year. Now, almost half of the country allows some form of medical marijuana and 2 more states (and the District of Colombia) have decided that the use of marijuana should be legal for adults. Cities like Philadelphia, Houston, and Cincinnati are lessening penalties for possession in an effort to quell the harsh and unjust racial disparity in marijuana related arrests.

The 2014 midterm elections went favorably for marijuana proponents. A strong showing of support in Oregon and Alaska changed marijuana laws and DC overwhelmingly passed their initiative to legalize marijuana. Florida voters showed up to polls with 58% supporting the legalization of medical marijuana, but Florida laws say that 60% of the vote is needed to pass constitutional amendments.

Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington underwent their first year of legalization without any major calamities. Money is now filtering into state treasuries and crime rates in Colorado were down at the 6 month mark. Colorado recreational shops opened in January and combined with medical sales, brought in $60 Million in tax revenue by October. Washington recreational sales opened up on July 8 and raked in about $15 million in the first 6 months of the program. While it may take a few years to get the kinks worked out, the sky has yet to fall from the so-called ‘social experiment’ with legalized marijuana.

Beyond tax dollars and new legislation, leading voices in our country are now becoming more friendly with marijuana. From President Obama’s straightforward talk on pot to the grandparents lighting up for the first time, it seems that American society is reconsidering how they think about marijuana. Even the New York Times boldly chimed in with a plea to change our National drug policy.

The future is undeniably bright for cannabis in the United states. One estimate projects that the cannabis industry could reach a whopping 10 Billion dollars by 2018. Money spent on marijuana is now being channeled into schools and research, rather than the pockets of Mexican cartels. As proponents for legalization march onward toward 2016, the next 2 years will set the stage for the future of cannabis in America.

MassRoots Top Five Articles of 2014

MassRoots Top Five Articles of 2014

As we embark on another pivotal year in marijuana reform, it is important to recognize all the achievements and happenings of the past year. It has been our pleasure to be your source of cannabis news and information.

At MassRoots HQ we always find it interesting to see which stories resonate most with our readers, and look to incorporate that feedback in future reporting.

Using this approach we thought it was important to highlight the top five stories we covered this year. The list was formulated by a mix of popularity of the article, industry impact and social activity.

 

New States Legalize

In 2014 three new initiatives passed to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC were all successful in passing voter approved ballot initiatives.

Although there are still some troubles implementing the programs, in 2015 the recreational experiment will expand beyond Colorado and Washington. That leaves the question of who will be next? We highlighted the states and explained why in an infographic.

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Child Dies Waiting for CBD Oil

A young Tennessee girl, 3 year old Chloe Grauer, suffered from more than 100 seizures per day. She passed away before ever being allowed safe access to CBD oil, a cannabis therapy proven to lessen the severity of seizure disorder symptoms in many patients. In July, Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry introduced a bill that would legalize the non-psychoactive CBD oil on a national level.

The bill, H.R.5226 , called the Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 has just started to gain traction in Congress, and will likely be subject to a vote in early 2015. So far there are a total of 38 cosponsors on the bill.

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Enemies of Legalization

Yes, reefer madness still exists, and there are several people with interests that do not favor the spread of legalization.

We wanted to show you the names and faces of the individuals leading the charge against marijuana. As one can imagine, the hypocrisy and motives that exists among them are astounding.

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Grandma Smokes for the First Time

In a video seen around the world, the folks at Cut News video taped some Grandmas smoking cannabis for the first time.

The video now has nearly 18 million views, and has entered mainstream media. This video has been widely accepted in the United States, and is often shown in a positive light.

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Guide To Marijuana Edibles

Last year, 2014, was the year that marijuana edibles officially made their mark in the history books. Some Colorado dispensaries report that edible products account for as much as 50 percent of their revenue.

While enticing to many who do not prefer smoking, eating marijuana is a much different experience. We created a beginners guide to experiencing edibles – from selection to ingestion.

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