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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  2. Veterinarian Administers Medical Marijuana to Dogs, Says it Works Wonders — 185 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

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South Carolina Committee Approves Medical Cannabis Legislation

South Carolina’s House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee overwhelmingly approved a medical cannabis legalization bill on Thursday. The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (House Bill 3521), was passed by the committee in a 14 to 3 vote. The bill would allow those with certain medical conditions who receive a doctor recommendation to use medical …

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Alaska Senate Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Respect State Marijuana Laws, Reconsider Marijuana as Schedule 1 Drug

A resolution urging the federal government to respect Alaska’s marijuana legalization law, and to consider a change in federal law, has been passed by the state’s full Senate. House Joint Resolution No. 21 urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous …

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Louisiana House Passes Measure to Make Medical Cannabis Law Permanent

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would make the state’s medical cannabis law permanent. House Bill 823, filed by Representative Vincent Pierre (D), was passed by the House yesterday in a 69 to 23 vote. According to its official text, the measure; “Repeals the termination date of laws authorizing the …

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Bipartisan Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials for Veterans

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives have filed legislation that would facilitate government-sponsored research on the use of medical cannabis by veterans. The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (HR 5520) was filed by representative Timothy Waltz (D) with 34 bipartisan co-sponsors. The measure states that; “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of …

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Federal Legislation to Legalize Hemp Advances to Senate Floor

Federal legislation that would legalize industrial hemp across the United States has rapidly advanced to the Senate floor. Filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), the proposed law (the Hemp Farming Act of 2018) would remove hemp from the federal controlled substances list, effectively legalizing its cultivation and production. In no small part due …

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Pennsyvania Officials Approve Whole Plant Medical Cannabis Use

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has approved allowing medical cannabis patients to use whole plant cannabis, and has also agreed to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions. At a hearing on Monday, the Department of Health approved changes to the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program that were recommended by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board on April …

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Study: Those in the Food Services Industry Most Likely to Use Marijuana, Those in Mining, Oil, and Gas Least Likely

A new Colorado-based study released by the CDC examines the likelihood of a person being a marijuana consumer based on the industry they currently work in. The study, titled Current Marijuana Use by Industry and Occupation — Colorado, 2014–2015, was released by the CDC on Friday.  Using the 2014 and 2015 BRFSS [Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance …

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Trump Administration Pledges to Not Interfere With State Marijuana Laws, Support Federal Legislative Change

President Trump has pledged that the federal government won’t interfere with state laws that legalize marijuana, and says he’ll support legislative efforts to cement this. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) says that he has received commitment from President Donald Trump that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate …

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Louisiana House Votes to Significantly Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. The House voted 60 to 39 yesterday to expand the list of qualifying  medical marijuana conditions. Filed by Representative Ted James, the House-approved legislation would add intractable pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe muscle spasms and Parkinson’s disease to the …

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Alaska Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed into law a bill legalizing industrial hemp. Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 6 today, which was filed by Senator Shelley Hughes. The measure was passed unanimously by both the Senate (18 to 0) and House of Representatives (36 to 0). The new law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from …

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