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 — 187 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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How Does Medicare Cover Arthritis?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. It’s estimated that roughly 54 million adults have been doctor-diagnosed with arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis – roughly 31 million Americans are affected by this type. Although the second type, rheumatoid arthritis, is less …

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Florida Legislature Approves Bill to Establish Agricultural Hemp Program

Florida’s full legislature has passed a bill to establish a program for hemp as an agricultural commodity. The Senate unanimously passed the bill, which has already passed the full House of Representatives. It now goes to the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it into law – he also has the …

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Study: Most Health Professionals (Doctors, Pharmacists and Nurses) Support Medical Marijuana

According to a new study published in the journal PLoS One, the majority of health professionals, which includes pharmacists, nurses and doctors, support the use of medical cannabis in clinical practice. For the study researchers at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and the University of Auckland in New Zeland reviewed over 100 studies assessing …

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Canada: Marijuana Body Gives Recommendations to Boost Industry

According to Reuters, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) on Thursday made several recommendations that address issues affecting the Canadian province’s booming marijuana industry, including having a common excise stamp to help cannabis makers ship their products smoothly. The industry body also recommended bolstering Health Canada, the country’s health regulator, so that it can issue …

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Illinois Bill Would Legalize Marijuana

Legislation that would make Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana has been officially introduced. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and several state lawmakers have introduced a long-awaited bill that would legalize and regulate the use and sale of recreational marijuana in the state next year, reports the Associated Press. Under the measure – which can be found …

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Marijuana Use Not Associated with Psychosis in Young People Finds Study

A history of marijuana use in young people is not independently associated with an increased risk of psychosis, according to a new study published in the journal Adicciones, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. “The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between psychotic-like experiences and cannabis use in a representative sample …

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New York City Council Votes to Ban Pre-Hire Marijuana Tests for Most Jobs

The New York City Council has passed landmark legislation that would allow most job-hunters to avoid a drug test for marijuana. The City Council passed the measure, which would ban pre-employment testing for marijuana, on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. The measure now moves to the desk of Mayor Bill de Blasio. According to supporters …

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Police Haven’t Seen an Uptick in Those Driving High on Marijuana Post-Legalization

According to Canadian law enforcement agencies, there has been no noticeable increase in arrests for driving under the influence of marijuana since the nation legalized the plant for everyone 18 and older. A survey by the Canadian Press of the country’s police forces  has  found that most have seen no rise in DUI cannabis arrests, …

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Louisiana House Advances Measure to Legalize Hemp

Legislation to legalize hemp has been advanced by Louisiana’s House of Representatives, reports the Associated Press. The measure, which was filed by Representative Clay Schexnayder (R), would legalize growing and processing of industrial hemp in Louisiana, in line with what’s allowed under the 2018 federal Farm Bill for the relative of the marijuana plant. On Thursday …

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Two Companies Become First in Latin America to Export Medical Marijuana to Europe

Two companies – one from Uruguay and one from Colombia – will soon become the first in Latin America to legally export medical marijuana products to Europe under deals announced Wednesday. Fotmer Life Sciences of Uruguay and Clever Leaves of Colombia will export cannabis extract and dried marijuana flowers to Germany, reports the Associated Press. …

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