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 — 186 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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New Hampshire Lawmakers Come to Agreement on Medical Marijuana Measure

New Hampshire’s House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement this morning on a proposal that would make New Hampshire the 20th medical cannabis state. The measure had previously passed both chambers, but given that the Senate passed an amended version, an agreement needed to be made by this Thursday for the proposal to …

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Maine Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Hemp Cultivation Regardless of Federal Law

Last Wednesday the Maine House of Representatives passed LD 525, titled “An Act To Promote Industrial Hemp”. The measure amends current state law forbidding farmers from cultivating hemp until federal law permits it, and sets guidelines for how individuals can apply for a license to grow. The measure also removes the current requirement for those applying for …

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Cannabis Expungement Proposal Approved in Jamaica

Lawmakers in Jamaica have approved a proposal amending their nation’s Criminal Records Act (or inter alia) to provide for the expungement of minor cannabis offenses from criminal records, in addition to other changes. “The proposed amendment would see a reduction of the time persons have to wait to qualify for their records to be expunged, …

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New York University Studying Potential Medical Benefits of Magic Mushrooms

According to their school magazine, New York University is in the process of studying the impact of psilocybin – a compound found in certain “magic mushrooms” – on cancer-related anxiety as well as patients’ sense of well-being. The study, according to the report, is likely to confirm past research from the UCLA and John Hopkins …

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Cannabis Law Reform on the Horizon for Ireland

Ireland hosted their 7th annual Legalise Cannabis Ireland protest in Dublin this weekend, where activists and advocates came out and marched to demand legalization. One of the speakers at the event was Teachta Dála Luke Flanagan, member of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament). Flanagan has announced that he is working on legislation he plans to introduce …

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Alaska Certifies Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

The Alaska Lt. Governor’s office has officially certified an initiative to legalize cannabis in the state, passing it through its first major hurdle towards making it on the 2014 ballot. Advocates will need to gather 30,169 valid signatures by next summer in order to put the proposal to a vote of the people in next …

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Toxicology Lab Scandal Requires Reevaluation of New THC Driving Limit in Colorado

On June 7th, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers sent out a report to state prosecutors and the criminal defense bar, to inform them of numerous problems with the state toxicology lab that could impact hundreds, or even thousands of DUI cases – including any cases that are prosecuted through the recently-approved 5 ng/ml THC driving …

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New Study Finds Cannabis Combats Brain Degeneration and Increases Stamina

A new study conducted at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany has found that cannabis triggers the release of antioxidants, which acts as a cleansing mechanism – resulting in the removal of damaged cells and improving the efficiency of mitochondria, the energy source that powers cells, potentially increasing stamina. …

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New Poll: Most Americans Support Medical Marijuana, Oppose Federal Prosecution

According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, the majority of Americans are in favor of allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for their patients, and most feel that the federal government should not prosecute patients or dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal. The poll surveyed 1,000 people and asked “Would you favor or oppose …

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Maine Legislature Votes to Add PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

Maine’s full House, and Senate, approved LD 1062 today, a measure to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient. The vote comes less than a week after Oregon’s governor signed a proposal adding PTSD to Oregon’s medical cannabis program. Three other states …

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