Major changes in cannabis: a decade timeline



Major changes in cannabis: a decade timeline

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Oct 2009

Obama announces War on Drugs was unsuccessful


President Obama calls for an end to the unsuccessful War on Drugs and the Justice Department announces that federal prosecutors will no longer pursue medical marijuana patients or distributors who comply with state laws.

Nov 2010
May 2011

Delaware legalizes medical

Delaware legalizes medical

In this historical dam-breaking year, five states legalized cannabis. Delaware and Connecticut become the nth and nth states to legalize medical.

Jun 2012
Nov 2012

Colorado, Oregon and Washington legalize recreational

In a sweeping move that birthed the American recreational market, three states went full recreational, opening the door for every state to follow.

Jul 2013
Nov 2014

Alaska and Washington D.C. legalize recreational

D.C’s medical bill was actually signed in 1998, but was blocked until 2009.

Jun 2015
Jul 2015

Hawaii legalizes dispensaries


Hawaii finally allows dispensaries after legalizing medical in 2000.

Oct 2015

Public opinion hits historic milestone


A new Gallup poll released shows over half of Americans support legalization

Nov 2016

California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada legalize recreational

California was the first state to legalize medical in 1996. Maine did so in 1999, Nevada in 2000 and Massachusetts in 2012.

Nov 2016

Five more states legalize medical

Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania legalize, bringing more access to the South and Midwest.

Apr 2017
Jan 2018
May 2018

Adult use cannabis sales exceed medicinal sales


Adult-use recreational cannabis sales exceeded medicinal sales for the first time since legalization.

Jun 2018


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived medication, to treat two forms of rare epilepsy.

Nov 2018

Canada legalizes recreational

Canada legalizes recreational

Canada legalized recreational adult use cannabis nationwide.

Nov 2018
Dec 2018

Farm Bill passes

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, effectively legalizing the hemp industry. The Bill protects

Aug 2019

Outside Lands opens it’s doors to cannabis

In a blowout affair featuring the likes of Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves and Paul Simon, Outside Lands becomes the first American mainstream festival to allow onsite purchase and consumption of cannabis.

Sep 2019

OG Cannabis cafe

The first cannabis cafe opens in Los Angeles, serving gourmet food and cannabis to consume on site.

Dec 2019

Guam and four states legalize medical

Guam, Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Utah legalize medical. In New York, Governor Cuomo wouldn’t decriminalize it until 2019.