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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  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
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Enough Signatures Collected in Missouri to Put Medical Marijuana Legalization to a Public Vote

Advocates of a Missouri initiative to legalize medical marijuana have collected enough signatures to put the measure on the November general election ballot. “This Sunday, our petition drive to place medical cannabis on the November ballot surpassed 200k total signatures”, says New Approach Missouri. This surpasses the 160,000 signatures required to put the measure to a vote. However, …

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Arizona Committee Votes Unanimously to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Arizona’a House Land, Agriculture and Rural Areas Committee has voted unanimously in favor of legislation that would legalize industrial hemp. The legislation has already been approved by the state’s full Senate, and now needs to be passed by the House of Representatives in order to be sent to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration. Ducey vetoed …

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DEA Praises Man Who Once Said Marijuana “Makes Darkies Think They’re as Good as White Men”

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has Tweeted praise towards an unabashed racist who helped make marijuana illegal. No one is more responsible for marijuana  prohibition than Harry J. Anslinger, a former government official who used racism to make the point that marijuana use should be a crime. When arguing for prohibition, Anslinger made statements such as “reefer makes …

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Sonoma County (CA) District Attorney To Vacate Thousands Of Past Marijuana Convictions

Sonoma County, California District Attorney Jill Ravitch is directing staff to review and vacate thousands of past convictions for marijuana. According to an estimate from county officials, 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentencing reduction or expungement under Ravitch’s new orders. The announcement comes after similar moves were made in Alameda County, San Diego County, and San Francisco. “Provisions …

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Marijuana Use Doesn’t Harm Kidneys, Finds Study

According to a new study published by the The American Journal of Medicine, marijuana use doesn’t seem to be harmful to kidneys. “Our research provides some reassuring evidence suggesting that there is no detrimental effect of infrequent, relatively light use of marijuana on kidney function among healthy adults under age 60,” said lead investigator Dr. Murray Mittleman, professor …

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Denver Initiative Would Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

A group called Colorado for Psilocybin is attempting to decriminalize the possession of psilocybin (“magic”) mushrooms in Denver. The group is working to place the Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative on Denver’s general election ballot. The proposal would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of dried mushrooms, or two pounds of uncured mushrooms. Possessing more than …

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Israel Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana Through First Reading

Legislation to legalize the use of marijuana was passed  through its first reading in the Israel Knesset (Legislature) today. The bill, which was passed through its first reading in a unanimous vote, has been spearheaded by Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who says Israel wants to “reduce the harms of drug usage regularly …

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Bill to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalty and Allow Marijuana Exungements Passed by Virginia Subcommittee

A House of Representatives Subcommittee in Virginia has passed legislation that would reduce the penalty for first time marijuana possession charges. The proposal – Senate Bill 954 – would reduce “the penalties for possession of marijuana to a fine of not more than $500”, and would allow for such charges to be expunged (removed) from criminal …

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Study: Marijuana Effective at Treating Fibromyalgia

According to a new study published by the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology,  marijuana had “a significant favorable effect” on fibromyalgia among all participants. “Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome, characterized by chronic musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and mood disturbances”, explains the study’s abstract. “There are nearly no data on the effect of medical cannabis (MC) treatment on …

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There’s “No Such Thing as Medical Marijuana”, Says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

At a recent press conference about opioids the United States’ Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that there’s “no such thing as medical marijuana”.  “There really is no such thing as medical marijuana,” Azar said during the press conference, which was held in Ohio. “There is no FDA-approved use of marijuana, a botanical …

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