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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  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
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Companion Bills Filed in California to Legalize Hemp

On Friday companion bills were introduced in California’s Senate and Assembly that would legalize hemp production in the state. Senate Bill 566, and Assembly Bill 1137 were filed by Democratic Senator Mark Leno, and Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor. The measures makes note of the fact that the state imports “tens of thousands of acres’ worth …

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Is Washington State America’s Cannabis Mecca?

Washington State has long been considered on the forefront of cannabis law reform, and over the past several months, things have escalated. Washington voters approved Initiative 502 with a resounding, double-digit victory. Possession of an ounce of cannabis is no longer a criminal offense. Smoking in clear public display is simply a ticket. Hundreds are …

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New Poll: Majority in Kentucky Support Legalizing Hemp, Medical Marijuana

Last week Kentucky’s Senate voted, 31-6, to approve legislation that would legalize hemp in the state. This is after their Senate Committee on Agriculture voted unanimously to put it to a full Senate vote. Kentucky’s U.S Senators, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnel and Rand Paul, have publicly endorsed the measure, while simultaneously working on federal …

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West Virginia Bill Would Require Three Drug Tests for Drivers License

In an undeniable overstepping of government authority, a new piece of legislation has been introduced in West Virginia this week that would require drug testing for those in the state attempting to get their learners permit at 15, again when they get their intermediate license at 16, and a third time when being issues their …

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in Minnesota to Legalize Hemp

A bipartisan pair of state legislators in Minnesota have teamed up to introduce legislation that would legalize hemp in the state. The measure, HF 736, has been titled the Industrial Hemp Development Act. You can find the entirety of the bill’s language here. If passed, HF 736 would legalize the production of hemp, which the …

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California Legalization Initiative Begins Signature Drive in May

The campaign behind the California Cannabis Hemp and Health Initiative, which would explicitly legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older, will begin collecting signatures in May, attempting to put their initiative to a vote of the people in 2014. The measure is also known as the Jack Herer initiative, based on his attempts to get …

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Tea Shop Sues Colorado City Over Recreational Cannabis Ban

Recently the city of Lafayette put a temporary ban on any cannabis related business, including those that allow the use of cannabis on site. This ban came as a response to Colorado residents passing Amendment 64, legalizing cannabis for adults, which will soon lead to legal retail outlets in the state. Challenging the ban, claiming …

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Washington State Bill Protecting Patients From Arrest Passes Senate Committee Unanimously

Continuing an active week in cannabis law reform for Washington State that includes the passage of House Bill 1661 and House Bill 1888, Washington’s Senate Committee on Health Care voted, unanimously, to approve Senate Bill 5528, which would protect patients from arrest in the state. Washington passed their medical cannabis act back in 1998, but …

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Reminder: 81% of Americans Support Legalized Medical Marijuana

Support for cannabis law reform is increasing drastically. Half of all Americans support recreational legalization, victories in Colorado and Washington have pushed the issue further into the mainstream, and legislation is being filed across the country to put a halt to this ridiculous prohibition on cannabis. As we move towards full legalization, it’s easy to …

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Senator Seeking to Add PTSD to Montana’s Medical Cannabis Program

Yesterday Montana’s Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 310, which would add PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder – to the state’s list of conditions that qualify an individual to become an authorized medical cannabis patient. The committee didn’t hold a vote on the measure, which will be held at a later date. …

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