Anthony Martinelli

Anthony is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog. He has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for King County (WA) Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. He has been published by multiple media outlets, and is a former contributor for Village Voice Media. Anthony can be reached at

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Kentucky Legislature Passes Resolution Urging Federal Government to End Hemp Prohibition

A resolution urging the federal government to end its prohibition on industrial hemp has been passed by the full Kentucky Legislature. Kentucky House Concurrent Resolution 35 was given unanimous approval (36 to 0) Wednesday by the state’s Senate. The vote comes a little over a month after the House passed the resolution 93 to 2. Yesterday …

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Study: Cannabinoids May Help Treat Gut Inflammation

There’s “abundant preclinical literature demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid drugs in inflammation of the gut”, according to a new study published by the journal Inflammatory Bowel Disease. For the study, researchers “systematically reviewed publications on the benefit of drugs targeting the endo-cannabinoid system in intestinal inflammation.” They “collated studies examining outcomes for meta-analysis from EMBASE, MEDLINE and Pubmed …

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Canada Senate Votes to Legalize Marijuana for Those 18+

Canada’s Senate has voted to pass a marijuana legalization bill through its second reading. The Senate passed Bill C-45 yesterday in a 44 to 29 vote. The measure, which would legalize marijuana for everyone 18 and older, passed the House of Commons  in November by a vote of 200 to 82. The bill will now go …

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Hawaii Committee Passes Resolution Urging NFL to Allow Players to Use Medical CBD

A Hawaii House Committee has given approval to a resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use CBD (cannabidiol) for medical purposes. Hawaii’s House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved House Resolution 40 on Wednesday, sending it towards a vote by the full House of Representatives. The resolution states; “BE IT RESOLVED by …

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Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced Mortality Following Orthopedic Surgery

Marijuana use was associated with decreased mortality in patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures, according to a study of over 9 million patients, published in the journal Substance Abuse. “The association between marijuana use and surgical procedures is a matter of increasing societal relevance that has not been well studied in the literature”, states …

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Voters in Illinois’ Most Populated County Approve Marijuana Legalization Referendum

Voters in Cook County, which includes Chicago, have overwhelmingly approved a nonbinding referendum calling for the legalization of marijuana. With over 63% voting in favor, Cook County voters approved the resolution asking: “Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults …

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Alaska House Unanimously Approves Resolution Urging Feds to Respect Their Marijuana Law

Alaska’s House of Representatives is formally calling on the federal government to respect their marijuana laws. The House on Monday voted unanimously, 38 to 0, to pass a resolution asking the federal government to respect Alaska’s law that allows, regulates and taxes marijuana use, production and distribution. According to the Associated Press, the resolution also urges …

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Study: Cannabinoid Receptors a Promising Target for the Treatment of Suicidal Behavior

Targeting the body’s cannabinoid receptors provides a “promising targets” for the treatment of suicidal behavior, according to a new study published by Current Psychiatry Reports. “The current serotonin-based biological model of suicidal behavior (SB) may be too simplistic”, begins the study’s abstract. “There is emerging evidence that other biomarkers and biological systems may be involved …

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Maryland Senate Advances Bill to Increase Marijuana Possession Limit from 10 Grams to 28 Grams

Legislation to nearly triple the amount of marijuana allowed under a decriminalization law passed in 2014 has been passed through its second reading in the Maryland Senate. In Maryland, the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized since 2014. Senate Bill 127, according to an official summary, “increases the …

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Missouri Legislature Votes to Legalize Hemp

Missouri’s Senate has approved a bill to legalize industrial hemp, less than a month after the House passed a similar measure.  Senate Bill 547 was passed yesterday by the Senate in a 29 to 3 vote. A similar measure, House Bill 2034, was passed last month by the House of Representatives in an almost, but …

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