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 TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

Most commented posts

  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 Poll: Majority of Colorado Residents Remain in Support of Legalized Cannabis

A new Quinnipiac University poll has found that a majority of Colorado residents remain in support of the state’s recently-approved constitutional amendment which legalized cannabis for adults. 54% are in favor of the new law, with 41% being in opposition; these numbers mirror results from last November’s election. The poll also asked participants whether or …

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Activation Of Cannabinoid Receptors Can Combat Aids, According to Government Funded Study

A 2012 study funded by the National Institute of Health found that in addition to relieving the symptoms of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – something which cannabis does naturally – can actually combat its infection. The study – which was conducted by researchers at George Mason University – …

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California Activists Begin Gathering Signatures in October to Put Cannabis Legalization on the 2014 Ballot

California’s Attorney General has recently given approval to the California Cannabis Hemp Act of 2014 (also known as the Jack Herer Initiative), which would end cannabis prohibition in the state, including private cultivation, and industrial hemp. Under this initiative, the possession (and transfer) of up to 12 pounds of cannabis, and the private cultivation of …

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U.S. Government on Verge of Legalizing Hemp Research, Legislative Outreach Becomes Vital

Last month the U.S. House of Representatives approved a national farms bill which included a historic hemp amendment; an amendment which would end the federal government’s prohibition on hemp research. Although this isn’t what hemp legalization advocates would prefer, it’s still a huge step forward to have Congress admit that, at the very least, hemp …

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New Government Funded Study Finds THC Improves Sleep

A new study published by the American Journal of Addiction, and funded in part by the National Institute of Health has found that THC – one of the primary components of cannabis – is “significantly associated with shorter sleep latency”, as well as “less difficulty falling asleep”. For the study, “Thirteen male chronic daily cannabis …

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New Study Finds Cannabis Provides Relief From All Symptoms of Cancer

A new study published in the annual journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has found that cannabis consumption leads to a “significant improvement” in “all cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms”. According to researchers, “Cancer patients using cannabis report better influence from the plant extract than from synthetic products. However, almost all the research conducted to …

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Initiative Drive to Legalize Cannabis Begins Next Month in Oregon

The proponents of Oregon’s Measure 80 – which would have legalized cannabis in Oregon but failed narrowly in the 2012 election – will begin circulating and gathering signatures next month for two new cannabis legalization initiatives aimed at the 2014 ballot; one is a state-law change, and one is a constitutional amendment. “We will have …

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Denver Council Rejects Proposals to Further Restrict Recreational Cannabis, Approves 3.5% Tax

This evening Denver’s City Council finally came to agreement on a tax rate for recreational cannabis, which will be set at 3.5%. During the same meeting, the council rejected two proposals to further restrict recreational cannabis outlets. Under one of the rejected proposals – which failed by one vote – cannabis retail outlets would have …

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82% of Americans Believe U.S. is Losing the Drug War, Only 4% Believe It’s Being Won

A new Rasmussen poll released yesterday has found that an overwhelming 82% of Americans believe that their country is losing the war on drugs, with only 4% believing it’s being won. “Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe that the so-called War on Drugs is failing”, states Rasmussen in their report.

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Over 93% of Americans Agree that Medical Cannabis Should be Legalized, According to Poll

A U.S. News poll has found that over 93% of Americans believe that cannabis is medicine, and should be legalized for medicinal purposes. U.S. News is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected political news organizations, founded in 1933. The poll, which has been questing readers for over 10 days, is found within an article …

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