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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Hemp History Week Begins Today

Hemp is a plant with a massive historical significance, dating back thousands of years. In the U.S., it was once used as currency – in colonial times, hemp production was mandated in order to assure a steady supply of easily the most diverse plant on the planet. To celebrate the history, and the future, of …

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New Research: 48% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

A recently-released Pew Research Center survey has found that 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their life, up from 40% just three years ago. 12% have consumed marijuana within the past year. Among that group, 47% stated that they consumed cannabis for recreational purposes, compared with 30% who cited a medical reason for its …

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Independence Party of Minnesota Adopts Marijuana Legalization Platform

The Independence Party of Minnesota adopted a party platform yesterday calling for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana, meaning that they not only support such a move, but will be working towards it. The platform was adopted after a vote which took place at the party’s annual convention. “Party members spoke to allowing for …

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UFC Softens Marijuana Testing Policy

After months of outcry from fans for a change, and after the World Anti-Doping Agency recently changed its policy regarding marijuana, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has changed its testing policy to be substantially more lenient towards marijuana. Under the new policy someone won’t have “failed” a drug test unless they have at least 150 …

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Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nurses and Physicians All Support Medical Marijuana in New York

A bill to legalize medical marijuana continues to gain momentum in New York as the state’s legislature pushes the measure forward, and as organizational support is on the rise. The measure, which would establish state-licensed dispensaries to distribute marijuana to qualified patients, has already been approved by two committees and now awaits a full Assembly …

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76% of Physicians Worldwide Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

According to a survey published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of physicians approve of the use of medical marijuana, despite its illegality in most countries, indicating that they’re in support of legalizing the substance for medical purposes. The study included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries including from every …

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New Research Finds Marijuana May Combat Brain Damage

New research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research has found that even miniscule amounts of marijuana may help fight brain damage. Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, the lead researcher of the study, found that tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, as …

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Oregon Senate Approves PTSD as Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition, Heads to Governor

By a vote of 36 to 21, Oregon’s full Senate has approved Senate Bill 281 to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a medical marijuana patient. The state’s House approved the measure recently with a 19 to 11 vote, meaning the measure will now head to the …

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New Hemp Documentary Premiers in Hollywood During Hemp History Week

On Wednesday, June 5th in Hollywood, CA, organizers of Hemp History Week will be hosting a special premiere of “Bringing It Home, a documentary film about industrial HEMP, healthy houses, and a greener future for America,” a new hour-long documentary about industrial hemp that examines why the cultivation of a crop with so many widespread …

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Colorado Governor Signs Measure Legalizing Hemp

Hemp cultivation is now officially legal in Colorado, and licensed production could begin as soon as the end of the summer. Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-241 yesterday, a measure which fixes a provision in Amendment 64 which legalizes hemp only if the legislature and governor takes action to approve it, which they did with …

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