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
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Baton Rouge Lawmakers Vote to Lower Marijuana Possession Penalties

An ordinance to make the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine rather than jail time has been approved by the Baton Rogue (Louisiana) Metropolitan Council. The proposed law makes the first-time possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana a $40 fine. Second offenses would be a $60 …

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Hawaii Resolution Urges NFL to Allow Injured Players To Use Cannabidiol In Lieu Of Opioids

A resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use cannabidiol for medical purposes has been filed in Hawaii’s Senate. Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 was filed today in the Hawaii Senate by Senator William Espero (D) along with seven cosponsors. The resolution states; “BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-ninth …

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Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved by Full Illinois Senate

Legislation to place a marijuana legalization ballot measure on this November’s general election ballot has been passed by the Illinois Senate. The Senate voted 37 to 13 today to approve Senate Bill 2275, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The measure would ask voters; “Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, …

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New Studies Show Legal Access to Marijuana is Consistently Linked With Reduced Opioid Use

Two recently published studies have reaffirmed the relationship between legal access to marijuana and a reduction in opioid use. In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, researchers assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the patients known to be taking …

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New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients’ Data From Federal Agencies

Legislation to protect medical marijuana patients from the release of information to federal agencies has been passed by New Hampshire’s House Judiciary Committee. The committee voted 13 to 5 to pass the tripartisan measure (House Bill 1672) which was introduced by Representative Caleb Dyer (L), and is cosponsored by Representatives Dan Hynes (R), Timothy Josephson (D), James …

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Study: Cannabis is a Safe, Effective Palliative Treatment for Cancer Patients

According to a study of nearly 3,000 people, cannabis seems to be a safe, effective and well tolerated palliative treatment for cancer. The study was published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. The aim of the study “is to characterize the epidemiology of cancer patients receiving …

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Oklahoma Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

A fairly restrictive bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana has been given approval by a key Senate committee in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 6 to 5 today to pass Senate Bill 1120, which was filed by Senator Ervin Yen (R). The proposal is far more restrictive than …

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Hemp Legalization Bill Approved by Full Kansas Senate

Kansas’ full Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve a measure that would allow hemp to be legally cultivated. Senate Bill 263 was given approval Thursday by the Kansas Senate in a 36 to 3 vote. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where passage would send it to Governor Jeff Colyer for consideration. The …

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Study: Topical Cannabinoids Reduce Corneal Hyperalgesia and Inflammation

According to a new study published by the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research, and published online by the National Institute of Health, topically-applied cannabinoids are effective in reducing corneal hyperalgesia (defined as a state of nociceptive sensitization caused by exposure to opioids) and inflammation. “Corneal injury can result in dysfunction of corneal nociceptive signaling and corneal …

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Alaska Bill to Legalize Hemp Passed by Legislature, Sent to Governor

Legislation to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska has been passed by the state’s full legislature, sending it to Governor Bill Walker for consideration. Senate Bill 6 – filed by Senator Shelley Hughes – was passed today by the Alaska Senate in a unanimous 18 to 0 vote. The vote comes just a few days after the …

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