(This list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to join the celebration and add additional stories of cannabis progress in the comment section below)
#1) The American Academy of Pediatrics urges the DEA to reclassify cannabis from its current status as a schedule 1 controlled substance
#2) One year after legalisation, Colorado police confirm that “everything is just fine.”
#3) German researchers find further evidence that cannabis fights cancer cells.
#4) Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo find that cannabis can help with depression.
#5) Jamaica officially decriminalises cannabis.
#6) Alaska becomes the third state to legalise.
#7) Cannabis becomes legal in Washington DC.
#8) After Washington DC legalises cannabis, a special order allows for citizens to request the return of seized marijuana.
#9) Citizens in Connecticut win the right to have their marijuana convictions for possession erased.
#10) Colorado earmarks $15 million in cannabis tax revenue for schools.
#11) Green Flower Media officially launches with its #ComingOutGreen campaign, the videos for which continue to have a major impact.
#12) Georgia hands out its first medical marijuana card, but their law only allows oil (it’s a start!).
#13) Actor Morgan Freeman becomes the latest in high-profile figures to support cannabis legalisation. He also comes out green!
#14) A Nevada jury acquits a man on felony pot charges.
#15) Texas legalises CBD oil for epilepsy (close but not close enough – let’s keep pushing hard, Texas!).
#16) A nine-year-old autistic boy speaks his first words just two days after receiving cannabis oil.
#17) Oregon legalises adult use of cannabis.
#18) The country of Spain decriminalizes cannabis cultivation.
#19) Researchers in Israel find that marijuana can help heal broken bones.
#20) After serving more than 20 years of a life sentence, pot prisoner Jeff Mizanskey gets parole!
#21) The New York Times Editorial Board publishes a report stating that Obama and Congress are being too timid on cannabis reform.
#22) Mexico officially recognizes its first medical marijuana patient – an eight-year-old girl with epilepsy.
#23) Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer becomes the next major CEO to come out green!
#24) Steve DeAngelo publishes the monumental book: Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness.
#25) The U.S. Department of Justice announces the release of 6,000 nonviolent drug offenders.
#26) Legal cannabis in Canada gains a major victor with the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
#27) For what might be the first time in history, a presidential candidate openly supports marijuana legalisation during a nationally televised debate.
#28) Croatia legalises medical cannabis!
#29) The U.S. Senate passes a bill allowing veterans to access medical marijuana.
#30) Illinois opens its first set of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Let’s REALLY crush it in 2016!
Next year is set to be another major year in cannabis, which means more victories of freedom, wellness, and social justice.
If you have any other cannabis victories you’d like to include, please share them in the comments section below.