Dec 292015
 December 29, 2015

2015 marijuanaThe end of 2015 is drawing near, and it’s time to start reflecting back on the year that was. 2015 was a big year for marijuana, especially in Oregon where I live. Marijuana legalization took effect in July, and limited recreational sales began on October 1. Almost everyone I know in Oregon that has a suitable location is growing marijuana now. It’s been an amazing year.

There were a lot of victories in the marijuana world in 2015, despite what Kevin Sabet tried to say in his recent reefer madness puff piece on the Huffington Post. I won’t link to it because it makes my head hurt every time I see the article. Google it, it’s not hard to find. My favorite marijuana moment, and the ‘victory of the year’ in my opinion, was the release of Jeff Mizanskey.

Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced to life in prison for non-violent, marijuana-only offenses in Missouri. He had served over two decades of that sentence. But with the help of an awareness campaign led by the Mizanskey family, Jeff eventually became eligible for parole, and was freed in 2015. I had the honor and privilege of meeting Jeff and his son (and some other hardworking Missouri activists!) in Las Vegas this last year at the Marijuana Business Conference where Jeff was honored. I also got to witness Jeff Mizanskey and Robert Platshorn meet for the first time at the same event, which is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.

With 2015 almost wrapped up, what was your favorite marijuana moment from the last year, and why?

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  19 Responses to “What Was Your Favorite Marijuana Moment From 2015?”

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    The Omnibus bill from last January was huge. I think DC finding a way to enact I-71 was likely the most important story of the year. In those 2 events precedents were set. The prison release stories are incredibly important but we have to do more to educate the public on how the prison industry and prohibition go hand in hand. We still have people in prison who are only guilty of a prohibition violation and no actual crime. It was a great year for reform all in all. Prohibition groups got their shots in too working with the Sheriffs Association. They have a national network with that club that they can use for ”educational purposes” with county and state funds. Every single state, the sheriffs are the anchor of prohibition. At least two members are still suing the State of Colorado. The merging of the Sheriffs association with the addictions specialist, private prisons, and the SAM propaganda machine was their biggest feat of the year. We saw big government line up in the Ohio disaster. It wasn’t just a bad plan, they had every state and county employee working against the thing. The Ohio Legislature drafted an initiative to stop it and did little else this year but campaign against it. We haven’t seen reefer madness like that since the 80s. Someone really did not want Ohio go green this year and they managed to even play the underdog. That was the SAM moment of the year.

    In the long run they are selling a pack of lies. The truth is coming out as the aging population who will never change dies off. They know they can’t win, can’t turn back time, but they are fighting desperately to slow things down wherever they can. Cuomo is one of them and look what he did to New York medical marijuana. Technically it counts as one of the 23 states but it’s program that is designed to not deliver the medicine. The object being to stall.

    In 2016 I think we are going to see a lot of legislation before June. Pennsylvania has a bill that will be back. We can be hopeful but the amendments being tacked on are restrictive. It will still count as the 24th medical marijuana state. Florida is likely to pass a similar very restricted bill right before summer break to try to head off another ballot amendment. Florida will likely be the 25th state to qualify technically in the medical marijuana club. Most likely we get the 26th majority state in November with Ohio and possibly Missouri if they can get enough petitions. I think at least 5 states open up adult retail sales to regulate like alcohol in November. California, Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts, and either Nevada or Arizona. Maybe both or only one. Opposition is organized and well funded in Arizona. That’s how I see it.

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      Over all a very good assessment.

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      read Jacob Sullums explanations on the bill last year and this year at Forbes or Reason to learn why the Omnibus bill meant and means little to nothing. ASA wrote it and then lied about what it did and then when it passed ASA claimed success and fund-raised off of it….no one else actually benefited and many who were misinformed where/are put in harms way.

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        I think your talking about the recent Omnibill from December. All we got there was a continuation that was included in a rider one year ago in that last Omnibus spending plan. It isn’t the full Rohrbacker amendment. You want to look in the DOJ budget. But I agree, the continuation means very little. But in January 2015, that was the first hand off move that Congress has every made regarding the plant regardless if the rider was violated.

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    California getting behind one push for legalized cannabis. Lets make it easy and get it passed in 2016 then smooth over the ruff edges later. I know, not the best way, but maybe small steps right now is the right thing to do.

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      Agreed. it will take forever if people just sit there on their hands waiting for the feds to act.

      Look at what’s happened even just over the past 5 yrs. with states like Colorado legalizing. The world is beginning to wake up to the medical benefits of cannabis, CNN has done specials on it, clinical trials are beginning to happen, already showing very promising results, and entire countries have (Uruguay) or are in the process of (Canada) legalizing cannabis.

      Also, I’ve lost count as to how many countries and states have begun to legalize medical cannabis the past couple of years…. Columbia is one I just read about…. check out this statement by the president of Columbia.

      “It places Colombia in the group of countries that are at the forefront… in the use of natural resources to fight disease.”

      http://news.yahoo.com/colombia-legalizes-medical-marijuana-171023547.html

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      I know plenty of people in CA who have spent decades fighting for freedom who do not feel a united front in CA. And there is no ‘smoothing over’ later that is acceptable as the lie has lived for 79 years now….we have 10,000 years of recorded human use, science, sanity and humanity and we don’t need any more baby steps…..especially when the new marketing is “Adult Use”…Adults take adult steps and adults don’t let the 79 years of lies, prejudice and greed continue.

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    I glanced at the Sabet piece in the Huffington Post (made me want to throw up in my mouth). Isn’t it odd how they don’t have a comment section? Gee, I wonder why?

    I noticed they didn’t include studies like the one published in the American Journal of Medicine finding cannabis use correlated to 50% less incidents of metabolic disorders like heart attack, stroke, diabetes etc.

    http://www.medicaldaily.com/smoking-marijuana-associated-50-lower-chance-developing-metabolic-syndrome-361812

    Or one of my favourites this year, the one published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research showing cannabis helps heal broken bones and may help prevent osteoporosis.

    http://www.medicaldaily.com/cannabis-found-heal-broken-bones-schedule-1-status-makes-further-research-medical-343158

    Not a big Kevin Sabet fan…. to put it mildly.

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    I hate to say it , but my favorite moment may have been the failure of Responsible Ohio. Marijuana reform is about more than silly gimmicks (Buddy), or legalization for profit by the few. I disagree with any Prohibition, but find distasteful the for profit model that was on display. Reform is not a joke, will not be accomplished via cartoon character spokespersons, and is not for the profit margins of the few.

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    As someone who spent 30 years in prison for a non-violent marijuana offense, it was a very big deal when President Obama invited all non-violent drug offenders to apply for Executive Sentence Commutations. He appointed new Commissioners and tasked them to process applications. Now it’s bearing fruit. It was a bold move that previous Presidents refused to consider.

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      Robert – Man were you ever appreciated around this part of the country!!! When they put you away it caused one of the great dry spells of the last 50 years. After ’67 we did get cut off from a few sources of high quality, but $10 lids of Highland Mexican weed and isle weed got us by until you finally brought us quality!!! Soon you will be appreciated as one of the prohibition greats far more beloved than the kingpin Pablo Escobar who the locals still sing great ballads to his memory, and he was as violent as they come sending death and destruction to America. All you brought was a medicine of all kinds and marijuana that was good for the soul. I took much of your product to suffering cancer patients with an MSW leading and protecting my every step. So, never let it be said “the Black Tuna” did no good, in fact, you brought comfort beyond measure.

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      Bless your heart, Robert Platshorn, for bearing that unjust incarceration so long and having the courage to speak out/positively act now through your Silver Tour. If I hit the NY State Lotto jackpot soon, I will definitely pay the expenses of a whirlwind Silver Tour extravaganza in New York (as you had suggested in a previous comment). Millions of New Yorkers, especially senior citizens, need to stop believing the ‘official’ lies and support full legalization of cannabis manufacturing, medicine, nutrition and adult recreation. For now, though, as in Florida, the absolute nightmare of Anti Marihuana Tyranny rages on all across New York.

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    For me has to be Canada electing a parliamentary majority pledged to legalization. They’ve got more people than the 4 semi-free states/DC/Uruguay combined.

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    I have 3 tops: 1. Bernie Sanders federal bill (Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015)–that removes cannabis from the CSA and all federal control/interference as no other federal language has even come close to taking this “Adult” step, including Polis or Rohrbacker who continue to ‘baby-step’ into unnecessary over regulation of a known non-toxic plant. This is by far they best and only way to curb the federal 79 year war based on lies, prejudice and greed and perpetrated by 1. Big Government 2. Big Business and 3. Mass Media.

    2. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association found THC in blood does not prove impairment: “that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving.”

    3. Ohio voters killed language that enshrined prohibition for all but 10 businesses into the state constitution.

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