2019 Year End Report: Top 10 Cannabis Industry Articles

See our most-read articles related to the cannabis industry from the past year.

The cannabis industry experienced monumental moves forward this past year, with landmark legislation, historic votes, and more. On this final day of 2019, we rounded up our 10 most popular articles of the year.

1. A Statistical Examination of Colorado After Legalization

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In January, we examined the impact that six years of full marijuana legalization has had on Colorado, the very first state to legalize recreational marijuana and establish a regulated market. Studies, surveys, and statistics offered a view of the range of effects the legal marijuana market has had on revenue, jobs, crime, tourism, teen use rates, and more.

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2. 2020 Presidential Candidates and Marijuana

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With cannabis reform a key issue for many voters, in June we started documenting where each 2020 presidential candidate stands on marijuana. This regularly-updated guide features interactive tools and a full overview of each candidate’s legislative actions, public statements, and even tweets related to cannabis.

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3. A Look Back at Marijuana Prohibition in America

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While more than two-thirds of states in the U.S. now allow the use of marijuana in some capacity, for decades the cultivation and use of cannabis were strictly prohibited. In this article published this summer, we explore what brought about American marijuana prohibition in the first place.

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4. History of Hemp in America

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Long before the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the commercial growing of hemp, the versatile and sustainable crop was grown by Native Americans and pioneers who had arrived at the New World for a better life. In August, we looked back at the long history of hemp in America and what brought its eventual downturn, prior to its recent resurgence.

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5. Benefits of Cannabis for Women

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Cannabis has been used by both men and women for centuries. In March, we provided a look at the history and research around cannabis and its benefits for women’s gynecological health, including symptoms related to menstruation and menopause.

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6. Global Cannabis Market Estimates

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It’s no secret that the legal cannabis industry is surging in the U.S. and beyond. Still, a large number of readers were interested in our April coverage of global market estimates from New Frontier Data. The cannabis research firm calculated the worldwide cannabis consumer market to be worth $344 billion, with 263 million people across the globe consuming cannabis at least once a year.

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7. AG William Barr and Cannabis

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While originally published in December 2018, this coverage of U.S. Attorney General William Barr and his position on cannabis policy interested readers throughout the entirety of 2019. As head of the Justice Department, Barr is responsible for deciding how and whether to enforce federal cannabis law.

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8. Hemp Fully Returns to the U.S.

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Roughly a year ago, Donald Trump signed into law The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill included provisions to legalize hemp and its derivatives, opening up huge opportunities for hemp products like CBD oil.

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9. Sen. Ron Wyden’s Marijuana Legalization Bill

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Describing federal marijuana prohibition as “wrong, plain and simple,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in February introduced the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act. The bill, which collected four co-sponsors but has not been considered by a committee, would allow states to establish their own marijuana laws without fear of federal interference.

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10. Historic Congressional Committee Vote for Cannabis

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Only a month ago, a congressional committee approved a bill to make marijuana legal for the very first time. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act was approved by the House Judiciary Committee with a 24-10 vote.

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Cannabis in 2020

With the cannabis industry set for exponential growth, more memorable cannabis moments are expected in the coming year. Keep up with the most recent political, business, and research reports related to cannabis by regularly visiting our news page.