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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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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2013’s Biggest Cannabis Law Reform Victories (So Far)

Nearly halfway through 2013 and it’s already been an incredible, unprecedented year for cannabis law reform. Things are moving at an incredibly fast pace all across the globe, and there’s not even the slightest indication that it’ll slow down until cannabis prohibition is put to an effective end. Here’s a list, in no particular order, …

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Cannabis Legalization Initiative Launched in Arizona

An initiative drive has launched in Arizona aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis. Proponents of the initiative – which is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64 – need to gather roughly 260,000 signatures by July 3rd, 2014, in order to put the proposal to a vote of the people in the 2014 general election ballot. The initiative …

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Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, has officially signed¬†Senate Bill 374 into law, legalizing state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. For years, medical marijuana has been a constitutional right in Nevada,thanks to a voter-approved initiative which was passed in 2000. Despite this, and despite patients being legally allowed to possess and use cannabis, no safe access points …

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Washington D.C. Residents Can Now Officially Apply to Become Medical Cannabis Patients

As of yesterday, residents of Washington D.C. who have a qualifying condition can now officially apply to become a medical cannabis patient, authorizing them to legally possess a small amount for personal use, which they’ll be able to purchase from a handful of dispensaries that are in the process of opening. The first of those …

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Restriction On Cannabis Magazines

A federal judge today struck down a controversial Colorado provision which, if enforced, would have required stores to sell cannabis-themed magazines – such as High Times – behind the counter, just as the state treats pornography. The provision was passed as part of a broad set of regulations for the newly-legal recreational cannabis industry. The …

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Kentucky Governor Urges Obama to Consider New Approach on Hemp

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to consider a new approach to how the government deals with hemp – he’s asking that the Office of Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. attorney general’s office work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the …

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