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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Congress To Discuss An End To Federal Cannabis Prohibition

According to an Associated Press report, a bill will be introduced tomorrow that will end our federal prohibition on cannabis. The measure, which is said to have bipartisan support, is being sponsored by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis. and Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer. If passed, it would regulate cannabis similar to how our government handles alcohol. …

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Maryland Considering Medical Cannabis Legislation

“People are suffering every day in the state of Maryland, and they are being subjected to going out on the streets to get the relief we should be providing,” Said Maryland State Delegate Cheryl Glenn. Continuing her efforts from past years, Cheryl has introduced a bill – which gets a hearing Tuesday – to add …

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Oklahoma Senator Considers Medical Marijuana Initiative

Two pieces of cannabis legislation in Oklahoma, Senate Bill 902 and Senate Bill 914, would drastically alter state law. SB 902 would direct the state to construct regulations and licenses for medical cannabis access points. SB 914 would significantly reduce the criminal penalties associated with possessing an ounce an a half or less of cannabis. …

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Super Bowl Contest Winner Sent Packing For 2 Grams Of Cannabis, From 30 Years Ago

In what’s surely to be a horror story for cannabis consuming football fans, a man who lives on Vancouver Island was denied entrance in to the country – making him miss the Super Bowl he had tickets for – because of a prior cannabis possession charge. The charge was for 2 grams, and happened over …

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Decrim Proposed For Missouri

An update from Show-Me Cannabis, an organization working to reform cannabis policies in the State of Missouri: We weren’t expecting an announcement about this until the bills are actually introduced next week, but it looks like the word is  out. Missouri Representative Rory Ellinger will be introducing a bill to lower the maximum penalty on …

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Bill Filed In Washington Would Clear Those With Marijuana Misdemeanors

Updated February 4th, 2012. Sponsored by State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, and co-sponsored by a bipartisan assortment of twenty additional legislators, House Bill 1661 was filed yesterday in Washington State. This bill would allow individuals in the state who have been charged with a misdemeanor involving cannabis possession to have it removed from their record. Essentially, …

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Hawaii Lawmakers Hear Public Testimony On Cannabis Legalization Bill

House Bill 699, if passed, would legalize cannabis in the State of Hawaii. Possession of an ounce or less would no longer be a crime, and the state would license growers and sellers to sell cannabis in retail outlets. The state would garner a 15% tax from these sales, and would begin accepting and processing …

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Marijuana Is Safer, So Why Are We Driving People To Synthetic Alternatives?

The simple existence of synthetic marijuana should send a loud message to the public and elected officials. When our policy pushes people to a chemically-laced alternative to a non-lethal plant, simply so that they don’t face arrest for the safer substance, we have a fundamentally flawed law. For those who may be unaware, synthetic marijuana, …

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Montana Medical Cannabis Provider, Chris Williams, Sentenced To Five Years

Chris Williams, a former medical cannabis provider in Montana, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Williams, who was indicted by the feds on charges that could of put him in prison for life, ended up being convicted of eight charges after a September trial in which he was not allowed to use …

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New Bill Proposes Zero THC Standard For Commercial Drivers In Washington

By John Novak A new bill was introduced by Washington State Representative Roger Goodman (Democrat – 45th District) and others. It includes controversial language that would restrict commercial drivers from having any amount of THC in the system, or risk losing their commercial license for at least one year. While this might sound like a …

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