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 — 184 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: Marijuana Use Connected With Lower Risk of Bladder Cancer

A new study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California, and presented this week at the American Urological Association annual meeting in San Diego, has found promising results indicating that marijuana use may significantly lower an individuals risk of developing bladder cancer. The research was funded by the Kaiser Permanente Research and Evaluation Center, …

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Reminder: America is the Only Developed Nation Where Hemp Cultivation is Illegal

According to congressional research from 2005, over 30 nations across the globe allow for legal hemp cultivation, including our neighbors to the north, Canada. According to the same research, America is the only “developed” nation in the world that maintains hemp as an illegal crop that their nation’s farmers can’t legally cultivate. This is despite …

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Seattle Bus Drivers Now Treating Marijuana as a Lost and Found Item

In another example of Seattle officials respecting the will of the voter, and the intent of Initiative 502 which legalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in Washington State, Metro bus drivers in Seattle have been given a new policy for found marijuana – turn it into the lost and found. The …

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Michigan Attorney General Rules Medical Marijuana Not Reason to Lose Custody of Children

In a ruling that will set precedent across the state, Michigan’s attorney general Bill Schuette says parents who use marijuana for medical purposes aren’t inherently disqualified from  having custody of their children. This ruling is an important one, as past cases in Michigan, and in other medical marijuana states across the nation, parents have lost …

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Colorado Legislature Approves Hemp Legalization, Heads to Governor

Colorado’s full House of Representatives has approved a measure, Senate Bill 241, to legalize hemp in the state, allowing licensed cultivation to begin this year. The measure has already passed through the Senate – it was approved by its initial two House committees, both unanimously. The measure now heads to the governor for final approval …

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Republic of Georgia Considering the Legalization of Marijuana

The Republic of Georgia has become the next nation considering a reformation of their cannabis policies. Today David Sergeyenko, the nation’s minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, stated that the nation was considering new strategies to deal with the issue of drugs. One of those strategies being considered is the legalization of marijuana. The strategy …

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Massachusetts Panel Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Regulations, Dispensaries Forthcoming

After weeks of debate and public consideration, the Massachusetts Department of Health will be moving forward with implementation of their proposed medical marijuana regulations after it was approved unanimously by the state’s Public Health Council this week. The regulations were largely praised by the medical marijuana community. Some of the specific regulations that were approved, …

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Seattle Police Chief to Speak at Cannabis Freedom March

Times are changing, fast. States around the U.S. are working to end prohibition, nations like the Czech Republic have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and two states in the U.S. have legalized the retail sale of recreational cannabis. Among the shift in policy, a wave of support has trampled over the general public, as well …

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House Majority Leader Indicates He’ll Support Legalizing Hemp in U.S.

This week Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer’s been visiting Washington D.C., meeting with federal officials, lawmakers and others in order to get federal approval for his state to cultivate hemp – Kentucky passed legislation ending hemp prohibition on the state level last month. While in D.C., Comer had a meeting with the House Majority …

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St. Louis Decriminalization Measure Takes Effect June 1st

A measure intending to bring about the decriminalization of marijuana in St. Louis has been officially signed by the city’s mayor, and will become law on June 1st, 2013. The measure was approved last month by the St. Louis Board of Alderman with a 22-3 vote. Once it becomes law on June 1st, the ordinance …

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