Out of 43 applicants, there were five winners in New York's medical marijuana sweepstakes. Many of the state's 20 licensed stores are expected to open this month.
Cannabis was in the headlines this year, but a lot of the news was negative, like the defeat of Issue 3 in Ohio, the increase in arrests and the continuation of player suspensions for pot in the NFL. The good news? Bernie Sanders took a stand against prohibition, Jamaica and Delaware removed penalties for possession, and DEA head Michele Leonhart was ousted.
Harborside Health Center co-owner Steve DeAngelo brought his book tour to New York Dec. 17 where he did a reading from "The Cannabis Manifesto" at a HighNY-sponsored event.
More than 40 women are featured in the December issue of Freedom Leaf, including Whoopi Goldberg (on the cover), Ann Druyan (of "Cosmos" fame) and ASA executive director Steph Sherer.
In May, the White House appointed Chuck Rosenberg to replace Michele Leonhart as the DEA's Administrator. His true colors came out on Nov. 4 when he derided the "notion that marijuana is also medicinal."