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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New York Committee Expected to Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization

Although the battle is far from over, this could end up being the year that New York finally legalizes medical marijuana. This possibility will take its first big step towards reality tomorrow, when New York’s Assembly Health Committee is expected to vote on Assembly Bill 6357, the Compassionate Care Act. The measure would authorize doctors …

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40% of U.S. to Have Decriminalized Marijuana Possession by 2014

Marijuana law reform has become a rapidly growing beast, with consistent movement being made across the globe – especially in the United States. 18 states plus D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, Washington and Colorado have legalized possession and retail sales (as well as home-cultivation in Colorado), and 30% of the entire nation has decriminalized marijuana …

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Medical Marijuana School Opens in Nevada

Nevada’s first medical marijuana school, the Cannabis Career Institute, has officially opened its doors, and class is underway. According to the school’s website, “The goal of this marijuana school is empower the students by giving them the information they need to succeed in the world of cannabis”, they continue, “Whether they want to start their …

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California Lt. Governor Calls War on Drugs an “Abject Failure”, Calls for Marijuana Legalization

“It’s time to decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana,” California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom stated today, “It’s time we own up to the fact that our drug laws have done far more harm than good. The war on drugs is an abject failure.” Newsom was speaking in front of delegates at the annual California Democratic Party …

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New UNICEF Report Indicates that Decriminalizing Marijuana Reduces Youth Usage Rates

The United Nations Children’s Fund has released its annual report on child well-being. “Report Card 11“, a comprehensive paper that details the specifics of child welfare, examines things from drug use to how many eat breakfast regularly, studying these topics across the globe. One of the topics studied is cannabis use among those aged 11-15. The study …

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Hemp Legalization Bill Filed in Minnesota

A pair of Republican Senators in Minnesota have introduced legislation, Senate Bill 1590, which would legalize hemp cultivation in the state. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. If passed, the bill would legalize industrial hemp, directing the state’s Department of Agriculture to handle licenses. Under the proposal, the state’s …

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Vermont House Approves Measure to Decriminalize Marijuana

Nearly 70% of Vermont’s House of Representatives voted today to approve a measure decriminalizing marijuana possession. The measure, which was approved 98-44, would make possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a civil infraction of up to $300, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor like it currently is. The measure also eliminates the possibility of …

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Federal Legislation Introduced to Protect States With Legal Marijuana

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, has introduced legislation this morning which would provide legal protection to individuals who are explicitly following state law by amending the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The measure would make it illegal for a federal official to arrest someone who’s growing or possessing marijuana if it’s legal under state …

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North Carolina Cannabis Decriminalization Measure Advances

House Bill 637 in North Carolina, which would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, has advanced in the state’s legislature. In addition to decriminalizing possession, the measure would allow those prior convicted of a marijuana possession misdemeanor to have it expunged from their record. The bill has passed its first reading …

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Nevada Senate Committee Approves Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Today Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve a measuring legalizing for-profit dispensaries in the state, which would dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients. The bill now heads towards a full Senate vote. In Nevada, possessing medical marijuana, if you’re a qualified patient, is a constitutional right, approved by voters in 2000. However, the …

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