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New Medical Cannabis Law Now in Effect in Washington State

Drastic changes to Washington State’s medical cannabis law are now in effect, as of Friday, July 1st. Among the changes is an over 80% reduction in the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate, and the introduction of a patient database that some attorneys say is against federal HIPAA laws. Under the new …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Over 250,000 Signatures Submitted on Arizona Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) today submitted 258,582 total signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State for their initiative to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older. This is far greater than than the 150,642 required to put the measure to a vote of the people this November. “We are very encouraged …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Report: Cannabis Shops Make More Money Per Square Foot than Whole Foods

In states where cannabis is legal, the market has unsurprisingly thrived, with huge amounts of revenue – and taxes – rolling in. Now, a new report shows that on average, legal cannabis businesses in the U.S. produce an annual revenue per square foot that’s higher than Whole Foods, one of the nations most profitable grocers. …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Study: Cannabinoids Protect Against Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that activation of the CB2 receptor – done naturally through the consumption of cannabis – can protect against liver inflammation and disease caused by alcohol. For the study, researchers used mice with alcohol-induced live disease, …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

California Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Officially Placed on November Ballot

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has announced that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) has officially qualified for this November’s ballot. California now joins Maine, Nevada and Arizona as states that will vote for legalization this November (Massachusetts is also likely to have legalization on their ballot) “Today marks a fresh start for …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Maine Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Officially Placed on November Ballot as Question 1

A Maine initiative that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been officially placed on this November’s election ballot as Question 1, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap According to Dunlap, the following is the exact questioning that will appear on the ballot this November 8th; “Do you …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

National Democrats Approve Party Platform Calling for Cannabis Law Reform

The Platform Drafting Committee for the Democratic National Committee has given unanimous approval to a party platform calling for a reformation of the nation’s cannabis policies. Although members of the committee appointed by Senator Bernie Sanders put forth a platform stating that the Democrats support “removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and allowing states …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Full Rhode Island Legislature Votes to Legalize Hemp with 97 to 7 Vote

Rhode Island’s full legislature has now passed legislation to explicitly legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. House Bill 8232, which now goes to Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration, states that “Hemp is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. The measure would task the …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

12 States Smoking the Most Cannabis

By Samuel Stebbins and Thomas C. Frohlich, 247WallSt.com 12. California > Pct. using marijuana in past year: 14.9% > Total users: 4,633,000 (the highest) > Pct. using illicit drugs other than marijuana in past month: 4.2% (3rd highest) > Max. fine for possession: $500 Nearly 15% of California residents 12 years and older said they …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Ruling Forces County to Give Employee Fired for Cannabis his Job Back, Pay $21,000 in Back Pay

Michael Hirsch, a 60-year-old prostate cancer survivor who has spent years working as a programmer and systems analyst with Lane County, Oregon, was fired in December after two human resource employees reported that they smelt cannabis on him, and he subsequently failed a drug test. Now, Arbitrator Jeffrey Jacobs has ruled that the country must …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Michigan’s Drug-Testing Welfare Program has Yielded Zero Positive Results so far

By Ryan Felton, TheGuardian.com Not a single welfare recipient or applicant has tested positive for banned drugs in a Michigan pilot program, part of the growing practice of screening beneficiaries of government assistance for drug abuse. The program, which ends on 30 September, may face renewed scrutiny in the wake of Wisconsin congresswoman Gwen Moore’s …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Oregon Garners $15 Million in Cannabis Taxes in First Five Months of 2016

Legal cannabis sales in Oregon have netted the state roughly $15 million in taxes in the first five months of the year (from January 1st to May 30th). This is according to data released by the Oregon Department of Revenue. Although the number pales in comparison to the $50 million in taxes Colorado has gained …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Iowa Democratic Party Makes Legalizing All Drugs an Official Party Platform

In a surprise move, the Iowa Democratic Party at their annual convention on Sunday voted to make legalizing all drugs an official party platform, indicating that they support and will work towards it. In total, the Iowa Democrats adopted 563 official party planks, with “legalizing all drugs” being #293. Although elected Democrats are free to …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Signatures Submitted on Massachusetts Legalization Initiative, Likely to be on November Ballot

According to Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the group has submitted more than twice the amount of signatures required to put their cannabis legalization initiative on this November’s ballot. In total, the group was required to submit roughly 10,000 signatures by this evening in order to qualify their …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

New Orleans Cannabis Decrim Bill Now in Effect

Ordinance #31,148, a proposal to establish a ticket for the possession of small amounts of cannabis, took full effect today in New Orleans. Under the new law- signed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in March – if someone is caught possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis, law enforcement now has the option of issuing them …

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About Anthony Martinelli

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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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