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 — 187 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 Study: State Crime Labs Receive Incentives for Guilty Verdicts

A new study published in the journal Criminal Justice Ethics has found that many state crime labs receive financial incentives for guilty verdicts, creating an environment where false-positive test results are beneficial to the lab conducting the tests, leading to the wrongful conviction of countless individuals. According to the study’s abstract; “The American criminal justice …

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WA Proposal to Defelonize Simple Drug Possession to be Filed in Upcoming Legislative Session

A recently-announced proposal in Washington State to defelonize simple drug possession has garnered a primary legislative sponsor, State Representative Sherry Appleton, and will be formally filed in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. In addition to Representative Appleton, Representatives Joe Fitzgibbon, Jim Moeller (Speaker Pro Tempore) and Chris Reykdal have all signed on …

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Study Finds Acupuncture Works by Activating Cannabinoid Receptors

A recent study published by the National Institute of Health has found the first clear evidence that acupuncture activates cannabinoid receptors, which likely plays a vital role in the procedure’s ability to reduce pain. While studying mice subjects, researchers “found that repeated EA at Zusanli (ST36) and Kunlun (BL60) acupoints resulted in marked improvements in …

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Kentucky Hemp Farming to Begin Next Year, Says Agriculture Commissioner

In April Senate Bill 50 became law in Kentucky, ending the state’s prohibition on hemp, while making state-licensed cultivation contingent on a change in federal law. Now that the Obama Administration has announced that they won’t enforce federal law in states where cannabis has been made legal, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and the Agriculture …

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Department of Justice Working to Allow, Regulate Transactions Between Banks, Cannabis Stores

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the governors of Washington and Colorado in a phone call Thursday that the Department of Justice is “actively considering” ways to explicitly allow, and regulate transactions between banks and cannabis retail outlets in states where they’re legal. This consideration, which will come as a surprise to many, is in …

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Harvard Study Finds Cannabis Cuts Tumor Growth in Half in Three Weeks

A Harvard study from 2007 which remains the most comprehensive ever released on THC’s potential to combat tumors found that in just three weeks doses of THC were able to cut lung cancer tumor growth in half in mice subjects, and were able to reduce cancer lesions by even more. For the study, Harvard researchers …

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Wisconsin Medical Cannabis Legalization Measure Announced

State Representative Chris Taylor and Senator Jon Erpenbach have announced that they’re working on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, which they plan to have filed in the upcoming fall legislative session. Under the soon-to-be-filed legislation, authorized patients would be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to 10 plants. State-licensed …

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New Poll Shows More Maine Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana Use Than Oppose

New research has found that more people in Maine support legalizing cannabis use than not. Recently Public Policy Polling surveyed roughly 1,000 registered Maine voters and found that 48% of respondents felt marijuana use should be legal – only 39% said it should remain illegal, and 14% were not sure how they felt about the …

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Initiative to End Cannabis Prohibition Announced in Oregon

New Approach Oregon – in collaboration with the Drug Police Alliance – announced today that they’re drafting an initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon, with the aim of putting the proposal to a vote in 2014. “Our coalition is moving forward with a legalization measure to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon in the 2014 …

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An Updated, State-By-State Look at Cannabis Reform Across the U.S.

A lot has changed since we last published an overview of cannabis law reform in the U.S., as activists all across the country continue to push the conversation, and policies forward. As we continue onward in a year which has been historic for cannabis reform, here’s an examination of reform occurring across the United States; …

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