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Freedom Leaf’s Top 25 Cannabis Stories of 2018

It was a year filled with surprising cannabis developments in the Trump era. Canada went legal as did two more U.S. states recreationally and three more medically. Jeff Sessions bellowed about marijuana, but was kicked out of the Cabinet like so many others. Among the Midterms winners, many are cannabis supporters. Sen. Mitch McConnell led the Republican flank on marijuana, adding hemp legalization to the Farm Bill, while drug warriors like former House Leader John Boehner dove headfirst into the industry. Stocks climbed, especially in Canada, where deals were made with pharma, tobacco and alcohol giants. CBD was the buzz term of the year – everyone wanted to try the new cannabis cure-all. Several pioneers passed away, reminding us how important it is to remember those who laid the path to legalization.

Here are our top 25 stories of the year:


Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Pass in Michigan, Missouri and Utah; Fails in North Dakota

Big Tobacco Makes Major Move into Canadian Cannabis Market

Jeff Sessions image by Donkey Hotey via Flickr

Jeff and Pete Sessions Get Booted Out of Washington

Oklahoma Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Rescinds Ban on Smoking


Vermont: The First State to Legalize Through Legislation

Pro-Cannabis Candidates Head the Midterms Ballot

Rep. Rohrabacher Accepted Donations from Manafort, Had Meetings with Assange and Butina

The Epidiolex Effect: Will Other CBD Drugs Receive DEA and FDA Approval?

They Say It’s an Evolution: On John Boehner’s Cannabis Switcheroo

Pounds Selling for $900 Wholesale in Oregon, Not $50

What You Need to Know About High Times’ Public Offering

Hemp to the Future: U.S. and Canada Industrial Crops on the Rise

Michigan Poised to Become the 10th State to Legalize It

Advocates and Legislators Reach Compromise on Controversial Marijuana Initiative in Utah

Dueling Medical Marijuana Initiatives in Missouri

How Massachusetts Became a Leader in Regulating Marijuana

Coachella Promoter Donated to Anti-Pot Groups

CBD Helps Musician Recover from Brain Cancer

Vicente Fox’s Global Vision: Legalize All Drugs

Welcome to Baja California

Eaze Delivers: California Firm Brings Weed to Your Doorstep


Freedom Leaf Dives into the Hemp-CBD Market

The View from Vancouver: Canada’s Legalization Challenge

Israel’s Tikun Olam Expanding to the U.S. and Canada

RIP: California Medical-Marijuana Pioneer Dennis Peron

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