2016

2016

9 US states are scheduled to vote on Cannabis legislation November 2016, with 5 of them being measures for recreational use.

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2015

2015

The 2015 U.S. hemp industry estimated that annual sales of hemp products were around 580M$. Hemp seeds have been the major force driving this growth. (This is the estimated sales of imported products)

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Colorado Amendment 64

Colorado Amendment 64

Enacted as Article 18, section 16 of the state constitution, the law addresses “personal use and regulation of marijuana” for adults 21 and over, as well as commercial cultivation, manufacture, and sale: regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, namely for recreational use. The commercial sale of marijuana to the general public began on January 1, 2014, at establishments licensed under the regulatory framework In 2013, after the […]

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Prop 215

Prop 215

Passage of California’s Proposition 215 launches modern US medical cannabis movement

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Decriminalization trend ends

Decriminalization trend ends

Election of Ronald Reagan as US president effectively ends nationwide decriminalization trend

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Oregon decriminalizes possession

Oregon decriminalizes possession

Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize marijuana possession, followed by several states over the next few years.

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“The War on Drugs”

“The War on Drugs”

June 18, 1971, United States President Richard Nixon, the day after a publication of a special message from President Nixon to the Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control declared drug abuse “public enemy number one”. Nixon had formally declared a “war on drugs” that would be directed toward eradication, interdiction, and incarceration.

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The Controlled Substances Act

The Controlled Substances Act

The Controlled Substances Act is passed, classifying drugs on four different schedules or categories of seriousness. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, making it legally one of the most dangerous substances carrying the highest penalties.

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Marihuana Tax Act ruled unconstitutional in Leary v. US

Marihuana Tax Act ruled unconstitutional in Leary v. US

Leary v. United States, 395 U.S. 6, is a U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the constitutionality of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Timothy Leary, a professor and activist, was arrested for the possession of marijuana in violation of the Marihuana Tax Act. Leary challenged the act on the ground that the act required self-incrimination, which violated the Fifth Amendment. The unanimous opinion of the court was penned by Justice John Marshall Harlan II and declared the Marihuana Tax […]

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States pass “Boggs Acts”

States pass “Boggs Acts”

The Boggs Act established strict criminal penalties(including mandatory minimum prison sentences) for those who violated the existing laws related to narcotics trafficking and use. A person who was arrested for first-offense marijuana possession would be sentenced to jail for a minimum of 2-10 years and a fine up to $20,000 USD.

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