Dec 202013
 December 20, 2013

hash bash 20132013 is almost in the history books, and it was a very big year for marijuana reform. But what was the biggest moment for marijuana in 2013? I’d have to go with Uruguay legalizing marijuana. Uruguay is the first country on the planet to legalize marijuana, and I can’t think of anything bigger than that.

It saddens me that the United States wasn’t the first to legalize marijuana, but we had our victories in 2013 as well, although on a smaller level. Portland, Maine legalized marijuana during the 2013 election, and there were also victories in Michigan as well. 2013 saw some implementation milestones met in Colorado and Washington for their recreational marijuana programs.

One of my favorite parts of 2013 was all of the buzz surrounding initiative efforts across the nation. While the actual election day for these efforts isn’t until 2014, it was still exciting to see how many states feel empowered to start initiatives, and start them early for the next election cycle. There was a lot of downplay from some national organizations as far as not going for 2014 and waiting for 2016, but the polling numbers were just too good, and marijuana prohibition is just too bad to pass up any chance at reform.

What was your ‘biggest marijuana moment’ of 2013? I posed this question on my Facebook, and multiple people commented and sent me messages stating that 2013 was the year they first got their medical marijuana card. That’s absolutely a huge thing on a personal level. I will never forget the feeling I got when I first got my card in the mid 2000’s. There’s no way to accurately describe the feeling of being felony free, but I can assure you, it felt good! I look forward to seeing what you folks have to say in the comments section.

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • BrentAndrews

    The second Cole Memo – clears the way for legalization and on close inspection, creates incentive for states to tax and regulate marijuana especially those that wish to keep the federal government at arm’s length. The memo says the Feds will not interfere with legal marijuana programs so long as they meet certain goals – but read backwards, it says the federal government will continue to interfere in the business of states that do not legalize and regulate marijuana.

    • Sarijuana

      Sad but true. But perhaps it could be incentive for the states that are sitting on the fence of this issue to move forward and no longer fear fed intervention. A glass half empty is always half full as well.

  • Myra3347

    Go Portland, Maine! :)

  • Sarijuana

    I think a big ah-ha moment was when Sanjay Gupta publicly said he was wrong and the government lied.

    • chronicog

      government owns insurance companies, which get paid by consumers to get a pill prescription and in turn the government makes more money, OF COURSE he was wrong and the government lied, thats what they do

      • Sarijuana

        I know that, and you know that, but there were a lot of Americans that were surprised by what he said on prime time CNN.

  • gotracts

    The Truth About Marijuana – Spiritual Side effects
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B8UYE9NSrc

    • painkills2

      See, here’s your problem: You stopped medicating and now you’re hearing voices.
      I suggest you go back to smoking pot. Maybe then those voices will go away.
      After that, you could get a job that actually helps people instead of hurting them. (It could happen.)

    • wowFAD

      The instant you juxtaposed homosexualtiy and “soul possession” was the instant you lost all credibility. In which case, I find it ironic you’re hocking your book on the internet, with a computer.

      Alan Turing, WWII codebreaker and father of modern computation — was gay.

      Oh, and if you’re currently on a Mac or Windows PC, both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates — both Atheists.

      You wouldn’t be able to plug your book (much less offer an mp3 audio package) were it not for the invaluable contributions made by homosexuals and non-believers.

    • Jamie Guest

      Why exactly are you even on the Weed Blog? Kind of Hypocritical at this point isn’t it? Oh… you are hocking your wares at us to make more money… I thought greed was evil as well?

    • chronicog

      there are some dumb people on here , you should find them and have a party and start your own blog , in no way shape or form are you being insightful for medical marihuana , just promoting what you think god said to make money is just greed

  • malcolmkyle

    Here is a list of 25 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. Note that the consistent theme between them is that marijuana shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells.

    Cures Brain Cancer

    http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/66032

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216

    http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475.abstra

    http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.ab

    http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90.abstra

    Cures Mouth and Throat Cancer

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

    Cures Breast Cancer

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267

    http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/0

    http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349

    http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf+ht

    Cures Lung Cancer

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract

    http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/12106

    Cures Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabi

    http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/67

    Cures Prostate Cancer

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract

    http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v101/n6/abs/6605

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

    Cures Colorectal Cancer

    http://gut.bmj.com/content/54/12/1741.abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745

    Cures Ovarian Cancer

    http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2006/1/1084?maxtoshow&hits=80&RESULTFORMAT&fulltext=cannabinoid&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=560&resourcetype=HWCIT

    Cures Blood Cancer

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

    • Sarijuana

      Holy Cow! Thanks for that list!

  • brian

    I agree the legalization in Uruguay is the biggest single event of the year. But I think 2013 will be remembered as a significant year when we look back years from now. A strong undercurrent of momentum has been created this year that’s going to carry this movement toward it’s end goal. The initial stages of credibility have been established as we see so many Investment Groups, Businesses, and individuals enter the arena who were once watching on the sidelines. The ‘yellow light’ given to the Banking Industry by the Feds. The identification by Cities, Townships and States that this thing is real, and they need to get a grasp on how to implement and monitor it’s presence. And the overall growth of public support we’ve seen in all the polls this year. There’s going to be hugely impacting moments in years to come, that’s a given, but I think we’ll look back and see 2013 as the foundation on which future landmarks were built.
    gotracks…Please consider attacking a far more deserving industry than Canna…Alcohol. As a recovering alcoholic, I promise you this would truly be a noble cause to spread. I can’t even begin to tell of all the lives I’ve witnessed ruined by alcohol, the most damaging being the trickle effect on innocent families and friends of those afflicted. When my son told me years ago he never touches alcohol, and that he prefers weed, I was so fricking happy, and so proud. I’m not a preacher of anti-alcohol, I don’t go to AA. Just a regular dude who can’t stop when he starts. There’s an old saying a lot of alcy’s like to use…I didn’t get in trouble every time I drank, but every time I got in trouble I drank…So, please, man, don’t come in under the auspice of soul saving…just tell us you found a killer pyramid scheme.

  • Green

    Im a grower out in California, if you need Highgrade – email me at GreenCrossStaff@yahoo.com ill send you pics of the buds, and maybe even a sample :)

  • dochickory

    I’m in Alaska and as such looking forward to the 2014 election, the structure is in place on several levels, and I’m working on mine LOL

  • FML

    I got expelled and kicked out of my house for accidentally returning a textbook that my friend left pot in.

  • Andy Voter

    #1. WEEDS- Dr. Sanja Gupta/ Charlotte’s Web
    #2. The FEDs not going after legalized cannabis in Colorado and Washington
    #3. Uruguay legalizing completely
    #4. Banking being allowed to get on board, kind of/sort of
    #5. 58% of Americans giving the nod to legalizing cannabis
    #6. Alaska getting more than enough signtures for full legalization to be voted on
    #7. CCHI2014 in California that will allow all adults legal cannabis and hemp
    I wonder why not much ink is being given to hemp. Hemp can do wonders for humans and earth.

  • Andy Voter

    #1. WEEDS- Dr. Sanja Gupta/ Charlotte’s Web
    #2. The FEDs not going after legalized cannabis in Colorado and Washington
    #3. Uruguay legalizing completely
    #4. Banking being allowed to get on board, kind of/sort of
    #5. 58% of Americans giving the nod to legalizing cannabis
    #6. Alaska getting more than enough signtures for full legalization to be voted on
    #7. CCHI2014 in California that will allow all adults legal cannabis and hemp
    I wonder why not much ink is being given to hemp. Hemp can do wonders for humans and earth.