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.
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.
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.
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.
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.