The Huffington Post | By Matt Ferner
Dennis Peron, leader of the campaign for Proposition 215 and founder of the Cannabis Buyers Club, right, smokes a marijuana cigarette next to Jack Herer, of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1996, in San Francisco. (AP photo)
At a recent speech in Denver, Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann declared that we’ve hit “the tipping point” on marijuana policy.
With Colorado and Washington getting ready for the first ever legal, regulated, recreational marijuana retail market for adults in the U.S.; with a majority of Americans recently saying for the first time in U.S. history that marijuana usage should be made legal; with acoalition of conservative Mormon mothers fighting for safe access to medicinal cannabis for their children — it’s hard to to disagree with him.
Although much of this is recent history, it has been a long road to what very well may be the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in America. Here’s a look back at the major milestones that helped bring the United States to its “tipping point.”