These States and Countries Had the Biggest Cannabis Wins in 2016

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

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