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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Stupidity In Action: Cops Harass Elderly Couple For What *Appears* To Be A Pot Leaf Bumper Sticker

In a shining example of not only police stupidity, but of just how ridiculous cannabis prohibition has become, a couple driving through Tennessee, both in their sixties, were pulled over and harassed by multiple police officers – in body armor and wielding guns – because of a report that they received about a pot-leaf bumper …

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Physicist John Schwarz To Headline Medical Cannabis Conference

John Schwarz is a smart man. Widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern-day string theory, Schwarz teaches theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology. Next week, he makes a public stand in support of ending our absurd federal prohibition on medicinal cannabis. Schwarz, who wrote a powerful editorial for the Huffington Post …

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Five New Cannabis Related Bills In The Works In Alabama

Ignoring the rapidly growing base of support in the state for reform, state lawmakers earlier this month rejected House Bill 2 out of committee, which would have legalized medical cannabis in Alabama. Despite this defeat, advocates are remaining optimistic, and are pushing forward. So much so, that five new cannabis related bills are in the …

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Misdemeanor Cannabis Possession No Longer Guarantees A Night In Jail, In New York City

During his final State of the City address this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out a plan to help lower the immediate punishment for those found with small amounts of cannabis. Effective next month, those caught and arrested for cannabis possession misdemeanors will no longer spend a night in jail, but will …

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56% In New Hampshire Support Legalizing Cannabis Like Alcohol

According to new polling conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 56% of those in New Hampshire support legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis, which would be sold and taxed through state-run liquor stores. Only 39% oppose this idea, with just 5% undecided. This comes at a time when state lawmakers are …

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Let’s Talk Cannabis Science

Cannabis is a non-lethal, vastly medicinal, and wonderfully therapeutic plant. It being outlawed is one of the largest travesties of our time. The more we move forward as a society, and the more science improves, the more we learn of the true benefits of cannabis and ending its prohibition. Only propaganda and special interests have …

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Drug Czar: Federal Government Will Go After Legal Cannabis Distributors In Colorado And Washington

In one of the first direct responses to how the federal government will react to the opening of legal retail outlets in Colorado and Washington after the passage of Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has made it clear that they’re planning to attack cannabis distributors, even if they’re following state law. …

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Federally Legal Hemp A Possibility In 2013

The possibility of legal hemp production in America has been gaining momentum over the past several months, and the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 – House Bill 525 – is seeking to make it a reality. Sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, with 28 additional co-sponsors, HB 525 would amend our …

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Spokane, Washington Opens Its Arms To Legal Cannabis

In Colorado and Washington, cities across both states are banning or working towards banning cannabis retail outlets after the passage of Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, even before they’re able to be established. This makes it exciting when major cities, such as Spokane – the second largest city in Washington – decide to follow the …

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Senate Committee Votes Unanimously to Approve Legal Hemp in Kentucky

Today the Senate Committee on Agriculture in Kentucky voted unanimously on Senate Bill 50, which would legalize industrial hemp in Kentucky. U.S. Senator Rand Paul, wearing a t-shirt made of hemp, testified at the committee in favor of the bill, stating that if it passed, he’d work with the president on granting a federal waver …

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