Anthony Martinelli

Anthony Martinelli is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Marijuana Herald, a daily marijuana news and information website that launched in 2018. You can reach Anthony at [email protected].

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Hawaii Approves 25th Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Ninth on Maui

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced this week that it’s given approval to Maui Wellness Group to open a new medical marijuana dispensary on Maui. The DOH announced that the new dispensary will open its doors on Friday, and it will be located at 1215 South Kihei Road. It is the ninth medical marijuana …

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Oklahoma Extends Moratorium on Marijuana Licenses to August, 2026

Legislation signed into law earlier this year to extend Oklahoma’s moratorium (temporary ban) on new marijuana businesses is now officially in effect. In May Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2095 into law, with the measure officially taking effect this month. The new law extends the state’s ban on the establishment of any new medical …

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Detroit Issues 37 New Licenses for Marijuana Consumption Lounge and Retail Outlets

Detroit has issued a new batch of marijuana business licenses. Detroit’s Office of Marijuana Ventures and Entrepreneurship announced this week that of the 65 applications it received for marijuana retail outlets, microbusinesses and consumption lounges, 37 have received approval and will soon receive their licenses. “These individuals and organizations have exhibited remarkable potential and commitment …

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56% of US Senate Democrats and 100% of Independents Are Sponsoring Marijuana Banking Act

A federal marijuana banking bill (the SAFER Banking Act) is now sponsored by a majority of the majority party, and all Senate independents. Initially filed by Senator Jeff Merkley (D), the SAFER Banking Act (S.2860) is sponsored by 34 of the Senate’s 100 members. 27 of these sponsors are Democrats, representing 56% of all Senate …

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Lubbock, Texas City Council Unanimously Sends Marijuana Measure to May Ballot

An ordinance that would make marijuana possession the lowest enforcement priority in Lubbock, Texas will receive a vote of the people in May. Lubbock Compact, the group pushing the Freedom Act Lubbock, announced last month that it had collected more than double the required signatures to put their marijuana measure before the city council. The …

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New Ohio Bill Would Fund Peace Officer Training With Marijuana Tax Revenue

Legislation was filed today in the Ohio House of Representatives to reallocate some marijuana tax revenue. On November 7 Ohio voters approved an initiative to legalize marijuana. Portions of the law take effect on December 7, with the state required to issue licenses for marijuana businesses with nine months of passage. As passed by voters, …

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New York Legislation Allowing Marijuana Businesses to Take Tax Deductions Sent to Governor

Roughly five months after its initial approval in the Senate, a New York bill to allow marijuana businesses to take standard state tax deductions has been delivered to Governor Kathy Hochul. Filed by Senator Luis Sepulveda, Senate Bill 7508 was passed by the full Senate 43 to 18, and the full Assembly 116 to 29. …

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Ohio Senate President Suggests Increasing Marijuana Tax, Governor Promises to Respect “Spirit” of Issue 2

Ohio’s new voter-approved marijuana legalization law takes effect December 7, and lawmakers are deep in discussion on how to alter it. After making comments to the press last week stating that he wants lawmakers to make revisions to Issue 2 prior to it taking effect, Governor Mike DeWine has promised to respect the “spirit” of …

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Connecticut: Almost $25 Million in Marijuana Purchased Legally in October

Although legal marijuana sales in Connecticut fell short of reaching $25 million after topping it last month, recreational marijuana sales were at an all-time high. According to data released by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, there was $24,865,870 worth of legal marijuana purchased in October. Although this is a roughly $340k from total sales …

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Wyoming Committee Votes to Ban Delta-8 THC

A joint legislative committee in Wyoming has approved a bill that would place a ban on delta-8 THC. Wyoming’s Joint Judiciary Committee voted 8 to 6 to pass the ban. Despite it’s passage, some members took strong stances against the measure, with the committee’s co-chair Representative Art Washut saying the bill is “not ready for …

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