Anthony Martinelli

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Name: Anthony Martinelli
Date registered: January 24, 2013


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 multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at

Latest posts

  1. Super Troopers 2 Releasing on 4/20 — August 18, 2017
  2. Federal Report: “No Evidence-Based Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired Driving” — August 17, 2017
  3. Study: Marijuana Often Effective at Treating Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis — August 17, 2017
  4. Jeff Sessions Shuts Down DEA Research of Marijuana — August 15, 2017
  5. Federal Bill to Protect State Marijuana Laws Reintroduced in Congress — August 15, 2017

Most commented posts

  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 — 182 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

Author's posts listings

Over $1.3 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in Washington in FY 2017

In fiscal year 2017, there was over $1.3 billion in legal marijuana sold in Washington State. In total there was $1,371,882,585.79 in legal marijuana sold in Washington State in fiscal year 2017, which began on July 1st, 2016, and ended on June 30th, 2017. The state garnered $314,838,969.21 in taxes from these sales. All of this is …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Marijuana Should Have Never Been Made Illegal

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the most well-known scientists in the world, says marijuana should have never been made illegal. “If you really analyze it, relative to other things that are legal, there’s no reason for it to ever have been made illegal in the system of laws”, Tyson said in response to …

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Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

17 years after Hawaii legalized medical cannabis, the legal sale of the medicine through a state-sanctioned dispensary has finally begun. Maui Grown Therapies (44 Paa Street, Kahului) officially opened their doors today after receiving approval from the Department of Health to begin operations. According to Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs …

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National Conference of State Legislatures Calls for Marijuana to be Removed from Controlled Substances Act

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution today urging that marijuana be removed from the Controlled Substances Act. This would give federally approved banks the ability to work with marijuana businesses. and would also allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without the threat of federal interference. For a resolution to …

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New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the state drastically expand their medical marijuana program by adding 43 new conditions that qualify someone to use the medicine. After months of studying petitions from patients and physicians, and after holding two public hearing, the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new medical …

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Department of Justice Task Force Recommends Against Attacking State Marijuana Laws

A Department of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is recommending against attacking state marijuana laws, despite many believing they would do so. The task force –  whose recommendations are meant to inform ongoing policy decisions – asked for continued study and dialogue on the issue. “The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that …

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Oregon Governor Signs Bill Creating Cannabis Commission

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law today a bill that establishes the Oregon Cannabis Commission. The commission  – which will meet quarterly – is designed to to oversee the state’s medical marijuana program. The bill to create the commission – House Bill 2198 -was approved by the House of Representative with a 48 to 11 …

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Maine Legislation Would Repeal Marijuana Legalization

Legislation introduced in Main would fully repeal a voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for everyone 21 and older. LD 667 was introduced by Senator Scott Cyrway along with eight other senators and representatives. All of the lawmakers sponsoring the measure are Republicans. LD 667 would repeal Question 1, a citizens initiative approved in last year’s …

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America’s First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law Now 80 Years Old

The first federal anti-marijuana law in the United States was signed into law 80 years ago today. President Franklin Roosevelt signed House Bill 6385 – the Marihuana Tax Act – into law on August 2nd, 1937. The law was the first federal policy in the United States to place criminal penalties on the possession, production …

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Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Expunge Marijuana Crimes, Introduced in U.S. Senate

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which would legalize marijuana on the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. The Marijuana Justice Act also incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers through federal funds, expunges federal marijuana possession and use crimes, allows …

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