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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Washington D.C.’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

“It’s a beautiful natural product that is from rain, sun and soil,” stated Alonzo, the very first customer of D.C.’s first medical cannabis dispensary Capital City Care, which officially opened today; “Mother Nature doesn’t make mistakes.” Alonzo, a man in his 50s who wishes to go only by his middle name to avoid any conflict …

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New Study: Cannabis May Protect the Brain Against Stress and Stress-Related Disorders

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology has found that compounds in cannabis may offer protection against chronic stress, including the memory and learning impairment that can come as a result. “Our findings suggest that cannabinoid receptor activation could represent a novel approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits that …

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New BMW Electric Car Contains Hemp Parts

The newly-announced BMW i3 – an electric compact car – will contain hemp parts, furthering bringing the industrial crop into the mainstream. The new car – which made its world debut today, and will go on sell in November – will include a range of new features meant to revolutionize electric cars. Among the features …

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Missouri Decriminalization and Legalization Bills Announced

Missouri State Representative Rory Ellinger has announced that he’ll be filing two cannabis-related measures once the 2014 legislative session convenes. One of the proposals will be a refiling of a measure he pushed this year – House Bill 512 – which would decriminalize the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis. Although the proposal …

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Activists in Two Michigan Cities Gather Enough Signatures to Put Cannabis Decriminalization to a Vote

Activists in Ferndale, as well as Jackson, Michigan, have gathered the required signatures necessary to put their cannabis decriminalization initiative to a vote of the people this November. A similar initiative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was approved by voters last election, and took effect on May 1st: In less than 3 months after the law …

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City Council Cancels Anti-Cannabis Propaganda Campaign After Public Outcry, Issues Apology

Recently the City Council in Warrington Borough (U.K.) launched a new anti-cannabis campaign, pushing the slogan “It’s not just a joint.” The flyers for this campaign presented obvious prohibitionist propaganda, such as claims that “Cannabis can now be stronger than heroin”, and insinuations that cannabis use causes lung cancer. These ads were intended to run …

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New Study Finds Being Stopped by Police May Lead to Increase in Youth Crime and ‘Deviant Attitudes’

A new study published in the journal Crime and Delinquency has found that those who are stopped or arrested by police are considerably more likely to engage in future criminal activity, implying that policies such as New York’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ law could be much more detrimental than initially thought. The study, which was conducted …

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Lawmakers in Morocco Consider Legalizing Cannabis

Morocco – an African nation with a population of over 32 million – may legalize cannabis within the next few years. According to Bloomberg, lawmakers in Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s Islamist Justice and Development Party, as well as lawmakers in the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party, are considering draft cannabis legalization legislation proposed by the …

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Church Member Demands Trial for Cannabis Minister Detained Over 3 Years, Date Scheduled

Reverend Roger Christie has been detained for more than 3 years without a trial, under federal charges of distributing marijuana to members of his congregation. Arrested July 8, 2010, he has been held without bail as a pre-trial detainee in Honolulu Federal Detention Center for over 36 months. Finally, thanks to a member of his …

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Report: U.S. Prison Population Declines, Still Over 330,000 Locked Up for Drug Offenses

A new report released by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that for the 3rd straight year, the overall number of inmates in U.S. prisons has decline; despite this, over 330,00 people remain in prison for drug offenses, with a largely disproportionate amount of these individuals being minorities. According to the report, there …

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