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
  5. Washington Bill to Shutdown Dispensaries Passes House Committee — 92 comments

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Alaska Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed into law a bill legalizing industrial hemp. Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 6 today, which was filed by Senator Shelley Hughes. The measure was passed unanimously by both the Senate (18 to 0) and House of Representatives (36 to 0). The new law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from …

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Study: Marijuana Legalization Associated With Reduction in Crime, Drug and Alcohol Use

The legalization of marijuana is associated with a reduction in crime, as well as drug and alcohol use, according to a new study published by the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. “First-pass evidence is provided that the legalization of the cannabis market across US states is inducing a crime drop”, states the study’s abstract. “We …

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Albuquerque Mayor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Into Law

The mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico has signed into law an ordinance that decriminalizes the personal possession of marijuana. The new law, approved by the city council earlier this month in a 5 to 4 vote, makes the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana a simple $25 ticket. It was signed …

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Colorado House Approves Bill Allowing School Nurses to Give Medical Marijuana to Patients

Legislation that would make it legal for school nurses to give medical marijuana to students who are registered patients has been passed by Colorado’s full House of Representatives. House Bill 1286 was passed today through its third and final reading in the House; the vote was 47 to 17. The measure now moves to the …

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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner Now Supports Marijuana Legalization, Joins Marijuana Industry

John Boehner, who served as the Republican Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, has joined the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, a multi-state corporation operating in the medical and recreational marijuana space. The company holds licenses for dozens of cannabis businesses in the United States. Boehner is joining the group along with former …

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Missouri Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

A key legislative committee in Missouri’s House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The State House Committee on Legislative Oversight voted 7 to 4 today to pass House Bill 1554, reports Eapen Thampy, a medical marijuana lobbyist. The proposed law, filed by Representative James Neely, would expand “the definition of investigational drug, biological …

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California’s Chalice Festival to be First to Allow On-Site Recreational Marijuana Use and Sales

Taking place July 13 to July 15, the California Chalice Festival will be the first in the state to allow recreational marijuana to be sold and consumed on-site. The festival is slated to take place at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville starting July 13 and going through July 15. Launched in 2014, this year’s Chalice …

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Feds Now Accepting Public Comments on Potential Rescheduling of Marijuana

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Starting today, the federal government is accepting public comments regarding the potential rescheduling of marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substances (which puts it alongside drugs such as heroin). In response to the United Nations World Health Organization announcing that they will soon review the current international classification of marijuana, the U.S. Food and Drug …

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Maryland House Passes Industrial Hemp Bill Through Second Reading

An industrial hemp bill that’s already been passed by Maryland’s Senate has been passed through its second reading in the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 1201 was passed Friday through its second reading in the House. The vote comes a little over two weeks after it was passed unanimously (47 to 0) by the Senate. …

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Oregon Garners $14.7 Million in Taxes from Marijuana Sales in First Two Months of 2018

In the first two months of the year Oregon made over $14 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales. According to Oregon’s Department of Revenue, the state garnered $8,001,999 in marijuana sales taxes in January of this year. This marks the largest amount of marijuana taxes the state has received in a given month since the …

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