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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Study: THC Appears to be Protective Against Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

Regular THC use appears to be protective against lower urinary tract symptoms, according to a new study being published in the the Journal of Urology, and epublished online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. According to its abstract, the objective of the study was “To further define the relationship between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and lower …

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Brooklyn District Attorney To Allow Up to 20,000 Past Marijuana Convictions to be Vacated

At a press conference held today Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that he plans to allow for up to 20,000 low-level marijuana convictions to be wiped from criminal records. Despite lawmakers in New York decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses in 1977, possessing small amounts of cannabis in public view remains a criminal misdemeanor. City …

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Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Begins Collecting Signatures Next Week in Mississippi

Proponents behind a medical marijuana legalization initiative in Mississippi will begin collecting signatures next week in an attempt to place the proposal to a vote of the people in 2020. Mississippians for Compassionate Care is running the campaign, called Medical Marijuana 2020. According to State Representative Joel Bomgar (R), who’s a steering committee member for …

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Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Delaware Governor John Carney has signed into law legislation that provides mandatory expungement eligibility to those convicted of a marijuana offense that is now decriminalized. Senate Bill 197 passed the House of Representatives in July by a unanimous 40 to 0 vote, just a few weeks after passing the Senate, also unanimously (20 to 0). Now, …

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Bipartisan Federal Bill Introduced to Seal Marijuana Charges After One Year

Legislation that would seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed has been filed in the U.S. Congress. The Clean Slate Act (HR 6669) was introduced by Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) and Rod Blum (R) along with 20 additional cosponsors. The measure would allow marijuana-related charges to be sealed …

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Medical Cannabis for Pets Bill Passed by California Senate, Already Passed Assembly

California’s Assembly and Senate have both approved legislation that would explicitly allow and regulate the medical use of cannabis for pets. Assembly Bill 2215 was given approval by the full Senate Tuesday in a 37 to 1 vote, roughly three months after the Assembly passed it 60 to 10.  Although it has already passed the Assembly …

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Connecticut Adds Eight New Qualifying Medical Cannabis Conditions

Connecticut officials have added eight new conditions to the list that qualifies an individual to become a legal consumer of medical cannabis. On Tuesday Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection announced an expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program which will significantly increase the number of people eligible to take part in it.  The move – …

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California Safe Injection Site Legislation Passed by Legislature

The California Legislature has voted in favor of a bill to allow San Francisco to move forward with a three-year pilot program allowing for the establishment of safe drug injection sites. Assembly Bill 186, sponsored by Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman and co-sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener, passed the Senate last week by a vote …

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Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis to Replace Opioids to be Signed Into Law by Illinois Governor

Legislation to allow those who have been or could be prescribed opioids to join the state’s medical cannabis program will be signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 336 today at the Chicago Recovery Alliance. Filed by Senator Don Harmon along with a bipartisan group of 47 other …

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed  into law legislation that legalizes hemp; the measure takes effect immediately. Governor Rauner’s signature on Senate Bill 2298 comes roughly three months after it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 106 to 3;  a month prior it was given unanimous approval by the Senate, 50 to …

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