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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WA: Over $142 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in October, New Single-Month Record

There was $142,045,630 in legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in Washington in October, according to data released by the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. The $142 million in marijuana sold in October marks a single-month record, besting the previous high of $133.5 million in August. The state garnered nearly $30 million in taxes from …

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New Jersey Assembly Committee Votes to Legalize Hemp

A legislative proposal to legalize hemp in New Jersey has been passed by its initial committee. Assembly Bill 1330 was passed today by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. According to its official text; “This bill establishes an industrial hemp license for planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, distributing, buying, or selling industrial hemp in the State.” The …

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New Mexico Senate Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Including Marijuana Stores

A Senate committee in New Mexico has voted in favor of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for those 21 and older.  Senate Joint Resolution 4, filed by Senator Ortiz Y Pino (D), was passed by the Senate Rules Committee by a vote of 4 to 3. Senators Lopez, Ortiz y Pino, Ivey-Soto, and Steinborn voted …

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New Study Finds Cannabis Use Does Not Harm Human Fertility

Cannabis consumption does not have a negative impact on male or female fertility, according to a new study. The study, titled Marijuana use and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study, was published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. It was conducted by researchers at Boston …

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Indiana: Hemp Legalization Bill Approved 90 to 0 by House of Representatives

Legislation to legalize hemp cultivation in Indiana has been approved unanimously (90 to 0) by the state’s House of Representatives. House Bill 1137, filed by Representative Jim Lucas, “Authorizes the Indiana state department of agriculture (department) to establish an agricultural pilot program to study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp and industrial hemp products.” …

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San Francisco District Attorney to Expunge Over 3,000 Marijuana Charges

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has announced that he will retroactively apply California’s new marijuana legalization law to past criminal charges. The move will lead to the expungement (removal from criminal records) of more than 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975. This will be one of the largest batch of expungements in …

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Report: Marijuana Industry Job Postings Increased by 445% in 2017

According to data compiled by ZipRecruiter, the total number of marijuana industry job posts increased by 445% in 2017, compared to an increase of just 18% one year prior. “In 2016 alone, nine states made marijuana (either medical or recreational) legal”, states a ZipRecruiter report. “Shortly after, the number of cannabis industry job posts rose dramatically.” According …

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Marijauna Decrim Bill Filed in Alabama Senate

Legislation that would significantly alter Alabama’s marijuana laws has been filed in the state’s Senate. Senate Bill 251 was filed this week by Senator Dick Brewbaker. Under current law, the possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. This bill “would also create the crime of possession …

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Indiana House Votes Unanimously (93 to 0) to Legalize CBD Oil

Indiana’s House of Representatives has voted unanimously to approve legislation that would legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil. cbd2Indiana’s House approved House Bill 1214 with a unanimous 93 to 0 vote. The measure now moves to the state’s Senate, where a similar measure was recently passed by its initial committee. If passed by the Senate, the proposal would be sent …

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Marijuana Company Donates One Million Meals To Californians In Need

Bloom Farms, one of California’s leading marijuana manufacturers and distributors, donated its one millionth meal to the state’s nonprofit food banks in January, 2018, CEO Michael Ray announced this week. “From the start, we wanted to build a business that contributed to the communities we live and work in on many levels,” Ray said.  “Donating …

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