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 — 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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Canada Senate Gives Approval to Marijuana Legalization

A bill to legalize marijuana, proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been passed by the Senate through its third and final reading. The legislation – C-45 – has already been passed by the House of Commons, but will go back for one final vote on Senate amendments before being sent to the Governor …

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Study: CBD Induces “Fast and Sustained” Antidepressant-Like Effects

The findings of a new study published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology “support a promising therapeutic profile for CBD as a new fast-acting antidepressant drug.” “Currently available antidepressants have a substantial time lag to induce therapeutic response and a relatively low efficacy”, states the study’s researchers, noting that “The development of drugs that addresses these …

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Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Placed on November Ballot in Michigan

An initiative to legalize marijuana in Michigan has been officially placed on this November’s general election ballot. After proponents of the initiative submitted well more than the required number of signatures, the legislature was given the option of passing it into law, or placing it on the November ballot. Lawmakers today officially chose the latter …

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United States Senate Unanimously Passes Hemp Resolution

The U.S. Senate has given approval to a resolution acknowledging the “growing economic potential of industrial hemp”. The resolution was passed in commemoration of Hemp History Week, which is the largest national grassroots effort to restore strong support for industrial hemp farming in the United States. “Despite the legitimate uses of hemp, many agricultural producers of the …

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Illinois Legislature Passes Legislation to Allow Those Who Could be Prescribed Opioids to Become Medical Cannabis Patients

Legislation to allow those who have been or could be prescribed opioids to join the state’s medical cannabis program has been passed by the Illinois Legislature and sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. Senate Bill 336 was filed by Senator Don Harmon along with a bipartisan group of 47 other lawmakers. The measure was passed …

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill Allowing School Nurses to Administer Medical Cannabis

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law legislation allowing School nurses to legally administer medical cannabis to students who are qualified patients. Representative Dylan Roberts, the primary sponsor of House Bill 1286, called the governor’s signature “a major win for Colorado kids and their families.” According to its official summary; “The bill allows a school …

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Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Adding Six New Medical Cannabis Conditions Including Autism

Two bills that would add six new conditions to Louisiana’s medical marijuana program has been signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. Governor Bel Edwards has signed both House Bill 579 and House Bill 627 into law. HB 579 adds glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable  pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease to the state’s list …

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In Just Three Weeks Oklahoma Voters Will Have Opportunity to Legalize Medical Cannabis

On June 26 – just three weeks and a day from now – Oklahoma voters will have the opportunity to legalize medical cannabis. Oklahoma would become the next state to legalize medical cannabis if voters approve State Question 788 on June 26. Put forth by the nonprofit Oklahomans for Health, the proposal would allow those with …

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Poll: More People Think Having a Baby Outside of Marriage is Morally Wrong than Smoking Marijuana

According to a new Gallup poll, more Americans believe that having a baby outside of marriage is morally wrong than smoking marijuana. The poll also found that more people believe smoking marijuana is morally acceptable than wearing animal fur, pornography, the death penalty and a wide range of other issues. For the poll, “Attitudes about …

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Missouri Governor Signs Hemp Bill Into Law

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed into law legislation that legalizes industrial hemp. House Bill 2034 was signed by Governor Greitens roughly a month after it was passed by the Senate in a 29 to 3 vote, and a little over three months after it initially passed the House of Representatives 141 to 4. According …

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