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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  1. North Carolina Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by House of Representatives — 244 comments
  2. Veterinarian Administers Medical Marijuana to Dogs, Says it Works Wonders — 186 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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Ohio Initiative to Defelonize Drug Possession Placed on November Ballot

An initiative to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences will be voted on this November in Ohio. Issue 1 would reduce the penalty for possessing and using a variety of illegal substances, including cocaine, heroin and LSD, from a felony to a misdemeanor offenses. In addition, …

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FDA Approves Magic Mushrooms for Clinical Trial on Depression

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to a clinical trial on psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient found in magic mushrooms. COMPASS Pathways, a life sciences company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, has received approval from the FDA for a clinical trial in psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant …

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California Legislature Approves Marijuana Expungement Bill

Legislation that would allow for the expungement (removal from criminal record) of over 200,000 past marijuana-related convictions has been given approval by California’s full legislature. The full California Legislature has passed Assembly Bill 1793, which was filed by Assemblymember Rob Bontag. The measure now goes to Governor Jerry Brown, who has the option of signing it …

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Cannabis May Help Attenuate Brain Injury Following Intracerebral Hemorrhage, According to New Study

Cannabis may attenuate brain injury following intracerebral hemorrhage, according to a new study being published by the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health. According to the Mayo Clinic, an intracerebral hemorrhage is “an emergency condition in which a ruptured blood vessel causes bleeding inside the brain.” Researchers …

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Study: CBD Improves Frequency and Severity of Seizures and Reduces Adverse Events

The use of cannabidiol (CBD) “improves frequency and severity of seizures and reduces adverse events in an open-label add-on prospective study” published by the journal Epilepsy and Behavior. The objective of this study “was to characterize the changes in adverse events, seizure severity, and frequency in response to a pharmaceutical formulation of highly purified cannabidiol (CBD; …

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Study: Cannabis May Help Reduce Aggressive Behavior in Autism Patients

Cannabis may help reduce the aggressive behavior experienced by some autism patients, according to a study published by the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. “Understanding neuronal mechanisms underlying aggression in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could lead to better treatments and prognosis”, begins the study’s abstract. “The Neuroligin-3 (NL3)R451C mouse model of ASD has a heightened …

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Marijuana Use Doesn’t Lead to Deficits Associated With Schizophrenia, Finds Study

Contrary to arguments oft-used by opponents of marijuana and marijuana law reform, “cannabis use does not significantly compound the gray matter deficits associated with schizophrenia”. This is according to a study published by the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, and conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee. The study’s abstract starts by stating that; “Substance …

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Study: Cannabis May Help Control Hospital and Community-Acquired MRSA

The “leaf extracts of cannabis sativa” has “potential for the control of both hospital- and community-acquired MRSA”, according  to a new study being published by the Journal of Integrative Medicine, and epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health. “This study examined the antimicrobial activity of Cannabis sativa, Thuja orientalis and Psidium guajava against methicillin-resistant …

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In June, Oregon Garnered $8.5 Million in Taxes from Legal Marijuana Sales

According to the Oregon Department of Revenue, the state made over $8.5 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales in June. The $8,560,616 million in taxes came from the sale of roughly $45 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products (such as edibles and oils). The taxes garnered is slightly less than the $9 million made …

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Study: CBD Increases Comfort in Dogs with Osteoarthritis

The most recent issue of the journal Frontiers presents findings of the first pharmacokinetic study and clinical trial on the use of cannabinoids to treat dogs with osteoarthritis and multi-joint pain. The objective of this double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to “determine basic oral pharmacokinetics, and assess safety and analgesic efficacy of a cannabidiol (CBD) based oil in dogs …

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