Welcome to Aura’s first ever installment of “This Week in Cannabis History.” In this weekly series, we delve into the past to uncover significant events, milestones, and developments in the world of cannabis. Join us as we explore the week ending December 16, highlighting key moments that have shaped the cannabis industry and its perception over the years.
December 10, 2012 – Washington State Legalizes Recreational Cannabis:
On December 10, 2012, Washington state made history by becoming one of the first U.S. states to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use. This landmark moment marked a significant shift in cannabis policy, setting the stage for subsequent states to follow suit. The move paved the way for regulated cannabis markets, tax revenue generation, and a shift toward a more progressive approach to drug policy.
December 11, 1973 – Oregon Decriminalizes Cannabis Possession:
December 11, 1973, marked a crucial turning point in cannabis history when Oregon became the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. This progressive approach to drug policy aimed to reduce the burden on the criminal justice system and focus on more serious crimes. Decriminalization was a key stepping stone toward broader cannabis reform efforts in the United States.
December 12, 1910 – Birth of Merle Haggard, Cannabis Advocate:
Country music legend Merle Haggard, born on December 12, 1910, would go on to become a vocal advocate for cannabis legalization. Throughout his career, Haggard openly discussed his personal
experiences with cannabis and its potential benefits. His advocacy helped raise awareness about the positive aspects of cannabis use and contributed to the changing perception of the plant.
December 13, 2020 – United Nations Reschedules Cannabis:
On December 13, 2020, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This decision signaled a recognition of the plant’s medicinal value and marked a significant step toward global acceptance of cannabis for medical and research purposes.
December 16, 2014 – The Beginning of Legal Sales in Massachusetts:
December 16, 2014, marked a historic day for Massachusetts, as it became one of the first states on the East Coast to open legal cannabis dispensaries for medical use. This move was a major milestone in the state’s cannabis journey, eventually leading to the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2016. It demonstrated the growing acceptance of cannabis across various regions of the United States.
The week ending December 16 has seen several pivotal moments in cannabis history, from the early days of decriminalization to the legalization of both medical and recreational use. These events reflect the evolving attitudes and policies surrounding cannabis, highlighting its journey from stigmatization to acceptance. As we continue to witness further developments in the cannabis industry, it’s essential to remember the significance of these milestones and the individuals who have played a crucial role in shaping the cannabis landscape. Stay tuned for more updates on “This Week in Cannabis History.”