These States and Countries Had the Biggest Cannabis Wins in 2016 – Leafly

2016 is a year that will live in infamy. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, but the true victor from this year was definitely cannabis. The United States watched as eight more states legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, and the ripple effect of legalization has been felt throughout the globe.

Revel in these states’ and countries’ cannabis victories, and look to the future with renewed optimism.  What will 2017 bring? We can’t wait to find out!


The fight for medical marijuana in Arkansas was far from a done deal, with two competing campaigns fighting for the top spot as the preferred initiative. The campaigns were headed by friends-turned-foes who had previously worked together on a 2012 push for MMJ. Both initiatives earned a spot on the ballot, but a lawsuit from Little Rock attorney and, also, curiously, a member of NORML’s legal team, Kara Benca, eventually disqualified Issue 7 on a signature technicality.

With just Issue 6 left standing, it seemed a long shot for a Bible Belt state to legalize cannabis for medicinal use, but voters came through on Election Night with 53.2 percent in favor. Although opposed to cannabis legalization, Governor Asa Hutchinson made good on his promise to respect the wishes of his constituents and has already begun the implementation process, officially making Arkansas the first Bible Belt state to legalize medical marijuana. If that ain’t progress, I don’t know what is!


Arkansas Agency Releases Draft of Medical Marijuana Rules


California has always been a pioneer state for cannabis, legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1996, at a time when the words of Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ campaign still resonated through the proverbial country. Since then, California’s cannabis scene has lagged behind

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