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 — 185 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 Missouri Measure Would Legalize Hemp

A bill in Missouri which would legalize hemp in the state has been scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 26th at 3:00PM. The measure, Senate Bill 358, would explicitly legalize hemp in the state, which it defines as containing 1% THC or less, removing it from the state’s controlled substances list. Under the …

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Bill Filed In Oregon To Legalize Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

New legislation filed in Oregon would make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in the state. Currently medical marijuana is legal for qualifying patients to possess, or grow, but dispensaries and safe access points are still illegal. Some have opened in the state anyway, which has resulted in uncertainty for patients, and in some instances raids and …

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56% in North Carolina Support Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

In a poll released recently by Public Policy Polling, it was found that 56% in North Carolina support removing cannabis possession as a criminal offense, instead making it a simple fine. Only 35% stated that they believe that possessing small amounts of cannabis should remain a crime. The polling also found that 60% of those …

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Reminder: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Appear to Lower Crime Rates

Studies over the past few years have been clear in their conclusion that medical marijuana dispensaries aren’t linked to an increase in crimes, and may very well lower the crime rate in the surrounding area. In 2011 the RAND Corporation released the results of a new study which revealed that crime was 60% greater within a …

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New Hampshire On Track to Become 19th Medical Marijuana State

New Hampshire’s House of Representatives is moving forward with HB 573, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The measure is up for a full House vote this week, and recently passed the state’s Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by a vote of 14-1. The measure would authorize qualified patients in the …

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Support Jack Herer’s Vision; Legalize Cannabis in California

By Buddy Duzy, Coordinator, The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative   One of the greatest threats to the survival of modern mankind is climate change, specifically, the global warming of our planet. The vast majority of scientists and academics recognize this fact. All their charts, measurements, and statistics point to the incessant burning of the carbon …

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Obama Fundraiser Determined to Put Medical Marijuana Legalization on Florida’s 2014 Ballot

According to the Miami Herald, John Morgan, “a major fundraiser for President Barack Obama and the boss of former Gov. Charlie Crist”, is taking a Florida medical marijuana initiative under his wings, promising to do everything he can to get it on next year’s ballot. According to Morgan, who’s one of the top trial attorneys …

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Head of the United Nations Development Program Denounces the War on Drugs

In a public statement made today, Helen Clark, Head of the United Nations Development Program, has made it clear that she feels that the war on drugs has failed. “I’ve been a health minister in my past and there’s no doubt that the health position would be to treat the issue of drugs as primarily …

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Vermont Bill Looks to Defy Federal Government on Hemp Ban

Vermont lawmakers are seeking to pass legislation that would allow the state to license farmers to grow hemp, explicitly ignoring the fed’s ban. According to the measure’s text, House Bill 490, which has been assigned to the House Agriculture and Forest Products Committee, would “authorize the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to issue a …

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Louisiana Bill Would Reduce Penalties for Possessing Marijuana

On Tuesday legislation was filed in Louisiana which would lower the subsequent penalties associated with possessing cannabis in the state- a state where possession laws are some of the harshest in the country. Under current law, an individual’s 2nd cannabis possession charge nets a conviction of up to 5 years in prison. Those with a …

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