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Name: Anthony Martinelli
Date registered: January 24, 2013


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  1. Why Governor Jay Inslee Lost My Support After Signing Senate Bill 5052 — April 25, 2015
  2. New U.S. Attorney General Will Let States Legalize Cannabis — April 24, 2015
  3. Washington Governor Signs Bill to Close Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights — April 24, 2015
  4. Montana Legislature Votes to Require Conviction for Asset Forfeiture — April 24, 2015
  5. Cannabis Mitigates Treatment-Resistant Diabetic Neuropathy, Finds New Study — April 23, 2015

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  1. North Carolina Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by House of Representatives — 203 comments
  2. Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Receives Approval from Mississippi Secretary of State — 139 comments
  3. Washington Bill to Shutdown Dispensaries Passes House Committee — 90 comments
  4. Veterinarian Administers Medical Marijuana to Dogs, Says it Works Wonders — 88 comments
  5. Washington House Passes Bill to Close Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights — 82 comments

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Why Governor Jay Inslee Lost My Support After Signing Senate Bill 5052

By Anthony Martinelli, Editor, Before TheJointBlog launched as a daily cannabis news site in January, 2013, I served as the Campaign Manager for then-Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove, who’s now on the King County Council, and worked on his political action committee, which purpose is to help elect progressive candidates. During the 2012 election, …

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New U.S. Attorney General Will Let States Legalize Cannabis

Loretta Lynch – who was confirmed by Senate this week as the next U.S. Attorney General  – supports allowing states to decide their own cannabis policies, and says the Justice Department’s currently policy of doing so is “effective, consistent and rational.” In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), Lynch defended the …

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Washington Governor Signs Bill to Close Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed Senate Bill 5052 into law, a proposal that will lead to the closure of every medical cannabis dispensary in the state, while implementing a patient registry and drastically reducing the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate. Senate Bill 5052 requires all currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries …

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Montana Legislature Votes to Require Conviction for Asset Forfeiture

By Scott Shackford, Another state legislature has massively voted in favor of reforming their asset forfeiture laws to require criminal conviction. Today Montana’s House of Representatives joined the state’s Senate in passing some major updates to its asset forfeiture laws to make it harder to take the property of its citizens—particularly the innocent ones. …

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Cannabis Mitigates Treatment-Resistant Diabetic Neuropathy, Finds New Study

Cannabis use alleviates pain in diabetic subjects suffering from neuropathy that’s resistant to standard treatment, according to a new study being published in The Journal of Pain, and published online ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health. For the study, researchers examined the efficacy of inhaled cannabis (versus a placebo) in 16 …

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U.S. Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

By Reuters (Reuters) – Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. The Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock …

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Illinois House Approves Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

With a 62 to 53 vote, the Illinois House of Representatives gave passage Thursday to House Bill 218, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. Under the proposed law, those caught possessing up to 15 grams of cannabis would no longer face the possibility of jail time, but instead would face a …

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Cannabis Associated With Seizure Control In Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy, Finds Study

By Paul Armentano, NORML The administration of oral cannabis extracts is associated with the mitigation of seizures in adolescents with epilepsy, according to clinical data published this month in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Researchers from the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver performed a retrospective chart review of 75 children provided cannabis extracts. Authors reported …

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CBS News Poll: 53% of Americans Support Legalizing Recreational Cannabis, 84% Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

Just a week after a Pew Research Center poll found that 53% of Americans support legalizing recreational cannabis, a new CBS News poll has came to the same conclusion. 53% of respondents in the survey answered “Yes” to the question “Should marijuana use be legal?” 43% stated that they believe cannabis use should not be …

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Federal Respect State Cannabis Laws Act Filed in U.S. Congress

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would prohibit the government from prosecuting individuals or businesses for cannabis-related crimes if they’re in compliance with their state’s cannabis laws. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 (House Resolution 1940) was introduced Wednesday with Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) as the primary sponsor. Five other …

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Confirmed: DEA Head Michele Leonhart Stepping Down

By Paul Armentano, NORML Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart is stepping down, US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed. Members of the US House Oversight Committee gave Leonhart a vote of “no confidence” last week after an Office of the Inspector General report revealed that senior DEA officials had participated in sex parties arranged …

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Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Legislation to legalize medical cannabis has been passed with a 4 to 3 vote by Alabama’s Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 326 now moves towards a full Senate vote. If approved into law, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act would allow those with a qualifying condition to possess up to 10 ounces of …

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