Anthony Martinelli

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Name: Anthony Martinelli
Date registered: January 24, 2013


Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by numerous media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at

Latest posts

  1. Italian farmers Using Hemp to Decontaminate the Land — July 24, 2016
  2. Colorado City’s Water Tests Positive for THC — July 22, 2016
  3. Italian Parliament to Debate Legalization Bill Monday, Poll Shows 70% in Support — July 21, 2016
  4. Pennsylvania: After 233 to 0 Vote in Legislature, Governor Signs Hemp Bill — July 21, 2016
  5. Poll: 61% of New Hampshire Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis — July 21, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. North Carolina Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by House of Representatives — 213 comments
  2. Veterinarian Administers Medical Marijuana to Dogs, Says it Works Wonders — 164 comments
  3. Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Receives Approval from Mississippi Secretary of State — 140 comments
  4. Washington Governor Signs Bill to Close Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights — 93 comments
  5. Washington Bill to Shutdown Dispensaries Passes House Committee — 92 comments

Author's posts listings

Italian farmers Using Hemp to Decontaminate the Land

By Sara Manisera, The road into Taranto is dotted with 100-year-old olive trees and low stone houses. The town, in the region of Puglia, is in the heel of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. “The city between the two seas” straddles the southern Mediterranean, known as the Mar Grande, and a small inlet known as …

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Colorado City’s Water Tests Positive for THC

The official water supply of Hugo, Colorado is positive for THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, according to city officials. The THC-positive water was first discovered in the city of roughly 700 by locals who were testing the water for contaminants. The results were reported to local law enforcement, who conducted their own tests; they …

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Italian Parliament to Debate Legalization Bill Monday, Poll Shows 70% in Support

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies will debate a bill to legalize recreational cannabis on Monday, July 25th. Specifically, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to 5 plants; cannabis clubs and retail outlets would also be allowed. “[T]his bill, if it becomes law, will …

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Pennsylvania: After 233 to 0 Vote in Legislature, Governor Signs Hemp Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill that legalizes the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for research purposes. House Bill 967 was given unanimous approval by both the House of Representatives (184 to 0) and Senate (49 to 0). The new law allows those who receive a license from the Pennsylvania …

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Poll: 61% of New Hampshire Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

A new WMUR Granite State Poll has found that a strong majority of voters in New Hampshire support legalizing recreational cannabis. According to the poll, just 24% of voters in the state favor keeping cannabis illegal. Unsurprisingly, support for legalization was strongest among liberals at 79%, and lowest among conservatives at 41%. Among those who …

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Puerto Rico Makes Medical Marijuana History (Interview with First Doctor Allowed to Prescribe it)

By John Hiltz, The first Doctor in Puerto Rico has just been awarded certification to prescribe medical marijuana, setting this U.S. Territory on a historical path forward.  Puerto Ricans are now going to enjoy a freedom that most countries around the world still don’t possess. Further to that, Puerto Rico’s “parent company,” the United States of …

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Florida’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary to Open Next Week

The first state-sanctioned medical cannabis dispensary in Florida’s history will open on Tuesday, July 26th in Tallahassee. Trulieve announced today that they’ve received approval from the Florida Department of Health to begin dispensing low-THC cannabis products such as tinctures, oils and pills. They’re the first outlet in the state to receive such approval, which is …

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Philippine President Continues Policy Allowing People and Police to Kill Drug Dealers

By Newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte help a press conference Sunday to announce that, despite international criticism of his “shoot-to-kill” policy on drug dealers, he plans on continuing his enforcement methods. “Why will I give you a [due] process? I am the president. I don’t give you [due] process,” the President said. “I will …

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Alcohol Use Increases Aggression, Cannabis Use Decreases It, Finds Study

A study published in the most recent issue of the journal Psychopharmacology has found that alcohol significantly increases aggression while cannabis significantly decreases it. The study was a random controlled trial, typically refereed to as the “gold standard” for research studies. “This study investigated the acute effects of alcohol and cannabis on subjective aggression in …

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Los Angeles County Lawmakers Vote to Help Homeless with Cannabis Tax

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted 3 to 2 to give approval to an initiative that would establish a 10% tax on cannabis sales that would go towards homeless services, the Cannabist reports. The proposal now goes to a vote of the people this November. The initiative would establish 10% tax on …

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2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2016 is set to be a monumental year for marijuana law reform. There are currently nine pending ballot initiatives to either legalize adult marijuana use or to legalize the use of medical marijuana for qualifying medical conditions. The country could …

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

A bill legalizing hemp has been signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo after being overwhelmingly approved by the state’s legislature with a 97 to 7 vote. House Bill 8232 makes it so that hemp in Rhode Island “is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. …

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Study: Nevada Would Earn $460 Million In Taxes from Cannabis Tourism in Initial Years of Legalization

If Nevada voters legalize recreational cannabis this November, the state would see an estimated tax revenue of $464 million from cannabis tourism from 2018 to 2024. The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana will be voted on this November as Question 2. If passed into law, it will legalize the possession of up to an …

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Missouri Governor Signs Cannabis Expungement Bill

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed into law a bill that allows for the expungement of most cannabis convictions, both misdemeanors and felonies. Senate Bill 588 would allow those convicted of cannabis misdemeanors to expunge (remove) it from their record after a three year period; this would mean that the charge would not appear on …

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U.S. Legislative Round Up July 15th, 2016

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Members of Congress this week heard testimony on the state of marijuana research, and leading members of the US Senate introduced legislation to potentially reclassify CBD. A medical marijuana initiative in Montana qualified for the November ballot and Governors in three states signed marijuana related bills into law. Keep …

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