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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Arizona Supreme Court: Police Must Return Seized Cannabis to California Patient

The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand a ruling made by a lower court which mandates that the Yuma County sheriff return cannabis which was seized from a California woman who’s an authorized medical cannabis patient in her home state. The court allowed the ruling to stand without debate, claiming that Arizona state law explicitly …

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New Grand Theft Auto Game to Feature Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Grand Theft Auto 5, which releases on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on September 17th, will be the first of the series to feature medical cannabis dispensaries, a move which many believe will help further embed cannabis into popular culture. The new game is based in a fictitious version of California, covering areas meant …

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Legalize Cannabis to Reduce the Harms of Teenage Binge Drinking, Says Researcher

Robin Room, Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research in Australia, has come out in favor of legalizing cannabis, claiming it could reduce the harms associated with teenage binge-drinking. Room has concluded that the harms associated with cannabis consumption are significantly less than that of alcohol consumption; not only has cannabis use been determined …

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Cannabis Based Medicine Approved in Italy

Starting immediately, Sativex – a cannabis based medicinal spray – is available in Italy as a prescription medication to treat multiple sclerosis spasticity, a symptom that effects 3 in 4 individuals with multiple sclerosis. Unlike medications such as Marinol, which is made from synthetic THC and legal in the U.S., Sativex is made from actual …

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California Supreme Court: Warrant Required to Open Packages that Smell Like Cannabis

California’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a warrant must be obtained before officers can open a suspicious package, even if it smells heavily of cannabis. The ruling is based on a case that involved a young man – Kewhan Robey – who was arrested in 2010 after a package sent to him from Illinois …

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40% of U.S. States Have Now Passed Medical Cannabis Laws, Soon to be More

With the recent approval of New Hampshire’s medical marijuana legalization measure, 20 states have now passed a medical cannabis law, either through a voter-approved initiative, or through a legislative proposal. It’s worth pointing out that this makes 40% of the entire United States. This is exciting, and inspiring. As advocates of cannabis law reform, we …

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And the Award for Most Reformed State During the 2013 Legislative Session Goes to..

With summer in full-swing, and with months of political bickering already behind us, the 2013 legislative session has adjourned for many states, with most of the remaining few finishing their final days. During this session, cannabis reform has been a popular and much-discussed topic in numerous states. As a result, Colorado now has a regulation …

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Oregon Legislature Gives Final Approval to Measure Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Oregon’s House of Representatives has just given final approval to a measure – House Bill 3460 – which legalizes medical cannabis dispensaries in the state; the House had already approved the bill, but one last vote was required after the Senate approved a slightly amended version a few days ago. Now, with the full legislature …

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Police Department Gives Sergeant Official Permission to Lobby for Cannabis Legalization Group

St. Louis Police Sergeant Gary Wieger has been given official permission from his police chief to be a lobbyist and campaign spokesman for the non-profit, pro-legalization group Show-Me Cannabis, according to the Associated Press. In March we wrote about Sergeant Wieger being hired by Show-Me Cannabis to promote the decriminalization of cannabis in St. Louis, …

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New Study Finds THC Kills Stomach Cancer Cells

A new study conducted by the the Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, and published in the journal Anticancer Research, has found promising evidence that THC may be the best medicine available to treat stomach cancer, especially when traditional medicine has been ineffective. During the study researchers used cancer cells that were resistant to …

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