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
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  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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Press Conference Being Held Tomorrow by Idaho Activists Who Had Children Taken

Tomorrow, on the capitol steps in Idaho, Sarah Caldwell and Lindsey and Josh Rinehart will be hosting a press conference to address the removal of their kids over the use of medical marijuana. The press conference will be used as a vehicle to spread the word on the injustice of the situation. The three individuals …

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Indonesia Minister and Presidential Candidate Backs Cannabis as Medicine

In Indonesia, marijuana laws are some of the strictest in the world, with distribution being punishable by death (by firing squad). Despite this, and despite the nation’s sometimes regressive nature when it comes to social and political movements such as marijuana legalization, State Enterprises Minister and presidential candidate Dahlan Iskan has come out in support …

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Seattle Hempfest Gears Up For Its 22nd Festival

Seattle Hempfest, for over two decades, has been a beacon of free speech and marijuana activism. Starting as a small get-together in a moderately-sized, quiet Seattle park, and growing into a bustling, at times shoulder-to-shoulder event that garners hundreds of thousands of visitors, Seattle Hempfest has grown to be one of, if not the absolute …

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Arizona House and Senate Approve Measure Allowing Marijuana Research on College Campuses, Heads to Governor

Recently Arizona’s House of Representatives voted 37-19 to approve a measure, which was already approved by the Senate, to allow marijuana research to occur on college campuses. The bill would achieve this by removing a ban that was placed in a piece of 2012 legislation which banned all marijuana from college campuses, even if the …

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Initiative Drive Underway in Nebraska to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Nebraska chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) recently began a signature drive to put the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes to a vote of the people in the state. Advocates have the daunting task of collecting roughly 125,000 valid signatures by May 20th. Although this will certainly …

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The 10 Biggest Signs That Times Are Changing, and Legalization is Inevitable

If you haven’t noticed, marijuana legalization is a mainstream issue, and the majority of Americans believe it’s the right path forward. After decades of absurd propaganda, draconian laws, and a public that believes marijuana to be the¬†devil’s weed, it’s increasingly refreshing to see the winds of change take place. In many parts of the country …

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Absurd Logic Rules the Day as Florida Legislature Votes to Ban Marijuana Pipes

Today Florida’s full Senate voted 31-2 in favor of a measure to explicitly ban the sell of marijuana pipes, such as bongs, within state border. The measure, which was recently passed by the state’s House with an 112-3 vote, would make it a misdemeanor offense for any one, or any store caught selling marijuana paraphernalia …

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Judge Orders Police to Return Marijuana to Caregiver, or Face Contempt Order

Last month we reported on a man in Tacoma Washington who had his marijuana confiscated after being pulled over for speeding – a municipal court judge, Jack Emery, subsequently ordered the Tacoma Police Department to give the man his marijuana back, given that he was caregiver for a qualified patient, giving him a legal defense …

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Colorado Lawmakers Approve Three Measures to Clarify Regulations on Recreational Marijuana Sales

Among numerous regulatory provisions included in the three measures passed by Colorado lawmakers today and yesterday, medical marijuana dispensaries will get a head start on applying for a recreational business license – a 9 month moratorium will be placed on individuals applying who aren’t currently running a dispensary. In addition, penalties for minors will be …

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Half of Young Christians Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI), has found that half of all self-identified Christians aged 18-29 support legalizing marijuana. 50% support such a move, with 44% in opposition – 6% are undecided. The widespread support among this group of individuals is a clear example of the changing times – only …

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