Anthony Martinelli

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Name: Anthony Martinelli
Date registered: January 24, 2013


Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at

Latest posts

  1. Washington Supreme Court Rules Random Drug Tests Are Unconstitutional — October 16, 2017
  2. Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado — October 15, 2017
  3. Survey: 11% of D.C. Area Government Employees Have Bought Legal Marijuana — October 15, 2017
  4. Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017 — October 11, 2017
  5. Atlanta Mayor Signs Marijuana Decrim Bill Into Law — October 11, 2017

Most commented posts

  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 — 182 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

Author's posts listings

Louisiana Bill Would Reduce Penalties for Possessing Marijuana

On Tuesday legislation was filed in Louisiana which would lower the subsequent penalties associated with possessing cannabis in the state- a state where possession laws are some of the harshest in the country. Under current law, an individual’s 2nd cannabis possession charge nets a conviction of up to 5 years in prison. Those with a …

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Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Hemp and Marijuana Decrim Bills on Same Day

Yesterday was a great day for cannabis law reform in Hawaii. The state’s House Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, sending it towards a full House vote. This comes just days after the state’s Senate voted unanimously to approve the measure. The committee did make two amendments, to lower …

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New Nevada Bill Would Legalize Cannabis

Tomorrow Assemblyman Joe Hogan, a Democrat from Las Vegas, will be introducing a measure in the Assembly that would legalize cannabis for adults in the state. “We’ve wasted a tremendous amount of money” Hogan told the Las Vegas Sun, “And marijuana is not just a harmless plant. The medical benefits are remarkable.” Assemblymen Andrew Martin …

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Federal Push to End Cannabis Prohibition to Continue

Lawmakers in D.C. working to end our federal prohibition on cannabis say that their efforts will continue, until a change is made. In a USA Today article from this afternoon, representatives working on federal reform efforts have made it clear that these efforts won’t stop, regardless of whether or not there are any changes made …

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Towns Not Allowed to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Massachusetts Attorney General

In a statement released today by Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley, in speaking for Attorney General Martha Coakley, it was made clear that cities in Massachusetts don’t have the legal authority to implement full bans on medical cannabis dispensaries. The cities can enact zoning and other regulations. According to the report, “where a bylaw frustrates …

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Colorado’s Marijuana Task Force Releases Final Recommendations

Today, Colorado’s marijuana task force released their final report, laying out their recommendations for how they feel Amendment 64 should be implemented. The task force was established by the state’s governor to recommend regulations for legal cannabis to the state’s legislature. The final report was over 150 pages long, and can be found by clicking …

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Study: Health of a Child Unaffected by Living in a Cannabis Grow Operation

A new study conducted by the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia has found that “there was no significant difference between the health of the children living in cannabis grow operations and the comparison group of children”. The study was initially published by the International Journal of Drug Policy. It’s also …

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Vermont Seeks Reform: Legalization, 2 Decrim, and Medical Expansion Bills Filed

Vermont lawmakers and advocates are hard at work attempting to bring cannabis law reform in the state. Yesterday House Bill 499 was introduced, and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, according to The Daily Chronic. If passed, the measure would allow for the legal possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, which would be …

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65% in Minnesota Support Legal Medical Marijuana, Legislation Forthcoming

According to polling released today, conducted by Public Policy Polling and the Marijuana Policy Project,  65% in the state support allowing individuals to use cannabis for medical purposes if recommended by their doctor. Only 27% opposed such a move.

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Kentucky Hemp Bill Comes Back to Life

Just yesterday we reported on the fact that Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo had effectively killed Kentucky’s hemp legalization bill by refusing to put it to a House vote, despite the Senate voting the measure through with a strong majority, 31-6.  Stumbo attempted to hide behind the excuse that there’s “not enough time”, something that …

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