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 — 184 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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Initiative Launches in Idaho to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Compassionate Idaho, a non-profit, grassroots reform group, has been attempting to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho for several years now. Having built up their base, learned from past efforts, and attempting to harness growing momentum, the group has announced that they’ll soon begin collecting signatures on a new initiative aiming for the 2014 ballot. We …

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Bill Legalizing Hemp in Kentucky Passes House Committee

Recently Kentucky’s Senate voted 31-6 to approve legislation to legalize industrial hemp in the state, sending to the House. Today, the bill passed through the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee with just one dissenting vote, Republican Tommy Turner. The measure has multiple high-profile endorsers such as U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Republican Minority Leader …

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Oregon Initiatives to Legalize Marijuana in the Works

The proponents of last year’s Measure 80 to legalize cannabis, which was on Oregon’s ballot, announced today that they’re planning a new effort to get measures on the ballot in 2014, if the legislature doesn’t act this session. This past November the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (Measure 80), which would have legalized cannabis for adults, …

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Support Bill 1632 to Legalize Cannabis in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is known for being considerably lenient on cannabis, at least compared to the majority of the country. In 2009 voters approved a measure decriminalizing cannabis possession, making it just a small fine, and just last year,¬† residents voted to approve cannabis as a legal medicine in the state. Now, lawmakers are attempting to make …

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Hawaii Senate Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Marijuana

In an applaud-worthy and eye-opening showing of unity, Hawaii’s Senate voted today, unanimously, to approve Senate Bill 472 to decriminalize cannabis possession. The measure would make possession of up to an ounce no longer an arrestable misdemeanor offense, but instead a civil infraction of no more than $1,000. Last week the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee …

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Former DEA Chiefs: It’s “Outrageous” Federal Lawsuits Haven’t Been Filed Against Colorado and Washington

In a joint statement being released today, 8 former DEA chiefs are urging President Obama to sue Colorado and Washington to overturn their recent initiatives to legalize the retail sale of cannabis to adults. In the statement, which was received early by the Associated Press, the group says that the longer they wait, the harder …

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Educating MADD

In 2010, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was one of the most vocal and powerful voices opposed to Proposition 19, the failed ballot effort in California which would have legalized cannabis. In 2011, MADD furthered this misplaced opposition by partnering with the ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy, headed by our nation’s Drug Czar) …

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Reminder: States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana Have Seen Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Legalizing medical marijuana decreases the consumption rates of alcohol, which reduces traffic fatalities. This is according to a study released at the end of 2011. Although the study didn’t spread near as much as it deserves, it was picked up by multiple national outlets such as Time Magazine and The Huffington Post. The study was …

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Reminder: Legalized Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicides, Says Study

Research released last year revealed what might be one of the biggest benefits of a state legalizing medical cannabis; their residents commit suicide at a lower rate. The research, which used comprehensive statistical analysis to come to its conclusion, found that states in the U.S. which have legalized medical cannabis saw a drastically significant reduction …

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Reminder: There’s No Such Thing as a Marijuana Overdose

You can’t die from marijuana consumption alone. It’s worth being repeated; no matter how much you consume, regardless of how fast and through what method of inhalation or ingestion, you can’t die from marijuana consumption. It’s non-lethal. This is an anomaly among substances that we as humans can consume. Everything else has a fatal dose, …

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