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 — 187 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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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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Q&A With Washington State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Sponsor Of House Bill 1661

Joe Fitzgibbon was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2010, winning with 57.3% of the vote in the 34th district. Since then, Joe has been a champion for progressive issues, including cannabis law reform. Recently he’s made news with the filing of House Bill 1661, which we announced last week. This bill …

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Man Wins Lottery, Pledges Half A Million To Cannabis Reform

Bob Erb of British Columbia won the lottery, earning himself a grand-total of $25 million. An activist at heart, Bob put this money right to use, by donating a large sum to a local homeless shelter, and pledging up to $500,000 to fight for an end to cannabis prohibition. Round of applause to Bob. “The …

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Arizona Lawmaker Attempting to Once Again Put Medical Cannabis To A Vote Of The People

Winning in a nail-bitingly close race, Arizona residents voted in 2010 with 50.1% of the vote to approve a medical cannabis bill that allows for the use and possession of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and directed the Arizona Department of Health Services to establishing and license medical dispensaries. Voters in Arizona also approved legislation regarding …

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Former NASA Scientist Launches H.A.S.H. (High Altitude School Of Hydroponics)

Dale Chamberlain used to work for NASA, designing experiments for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Now he’s helping people grow top-quality cannabis. Dale has launched the High Altitude School of Hydroponics – H.A.S.H., with classes being held at Front Range Community College in Colorado. According to their website: “A full service hydroponic …

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Michigan Supreme Court Rules Dispensaries Must Close, Republican Rep. Introduces Bill To Change That

In a ruling that will have an immediate impact on dozens of medical cannabis access points, Michigan’s Supreme Court has voted 4-1, deciding that cash sales of cannabis are not allowed under the state’s medical marijuana act. This will set a higher precedent than the Isabella County Appeals Court which recently ruled, in the same …

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Virginia Attorney General and Governor Candidate Open To Legalizing Cannabis

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has turned some heads, stating that he’s “open” to the idea of legalizing cannabis at the state level. Cuccinelli is one of the top candidates in Virginia’s race for Governor. During a Q&A while visiting a political science class at the University of Virginia, Cuccinelli was asked his thoughts on …

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Washington State Lawmakers Considering Taxing Medical Marijuana

Washington State Representatives Ross Hunter and Reuven Carlyle introduced a bill earlier today that would establish a tax rate on medical cannabis access points within the state, that would be equal to 25 percent of their total sales. Currently the state doesn’t accept taxes from medical cannabis access points, besides Seattle which passed a licensing …

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Seattle Hempfest Director Vivian McPeak Speaks Out Against Mexico’s President Opposing Legalization

Despite Mexico feeling the effects of the drug war more than anywhere else, Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has publicly come out in opposition to legalizing cannabis, one of his primary arguments being that cannabis is a “gateway drug”. Here is what Hempfest Director Vivian McPeak had to say on the matter: “It is increasingly …

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New Study Shows Cannabis May Reverse Symptoms of Dementia

In what could turn out to be a groundbreaking study, a group from Neuroscience Research Australia has been examining if cannabidiol – one of the main ingredients in cannabis – could reverse some of the symptoms of dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. Early research for the study has found that it does. In the study, mice …

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