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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North Carolina Marijuana Legalization Effort Sponsored by 21 Lawmakers

Last month legislation to make recreational marijuana legal in North Carolina was passed through its first reading and given a committee assignment in the House of Representatives. Since then, the bill has garnered 10 additional sponsors. House Bill 626 was filed on April 17 by State Representative Johnnie Autry along with three cosponsors. A little …

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Report: In Legal Marijuana States, Just 6% of Consumers Purchase From an Illegal Dealer

According to a new report, even in states with high marijuana tax rates legalization is reaching one of its primary goals of eliminating the black market According to a new report by New Frontier Data, 52% of current marijuana consumers in states where its legal said their primary source of marijuana and marijuana products is …

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Maryland Bill Banning Police Searches Based on Smell of Marijuana Becomes Laws

In April Maryland’s Legislature passed legislation that prohibits police from using the smell of marijuana as reasonable suspicion or probable cause in order to detain an individual, while also reducing the penalty for publicly consuming marijuana. The proposal has now become law without the governor’s signature. House Bill 1071 was filed by Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield …

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$67 Million in Legal Marijuana Sold in Nevada in February

In February there was $67 million in legal marijuana sold in Nevada. According to data released by the Nevada Department of Taxation, licensed marijuana retail outlets sold $67,814,368 in February, a slight decrease from the $70,254,611 sold in January. The state made $10,511,703 in marijuana tax revenue in February, compared to $11,994,093 made in January …

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Costa Rica Issues First-Ever Medical Marijuana License

The Costa Rica government has officially issued the nation’s first-ever license to legally produce medical marijuana. Issuance of the license comes roughly 14 months after the country legalized medical marijuana, and was announce by the Minister of Agriculture Víctor Carvajal. The license was issued to Azul Wellness, which will operate an 800 square meter greenhouse …

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Bipartisan Pennsylvania Bill Would Protect Medical Marijuana Users From Unwarranted DUIs

Bipartisan legislation filed this week in the Pennsylvania Legislature would protect medical marijuana patients from receiving DUIs based simply on the presence of THC in their blood. Under Pennsylvania’s current zero tolerance DUI law, someone can be found guilty of a marijuana DUI if they have just one nanogram of THC per milliliter of blood, …

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Study: Transdermal CBD Shows “Promising Potential” in Combatting Melanoma

The results of a new study “holds promising potential in the transdermal delivery of CBD for melanoma therapy and offers a facile tool for transdermal therapies of skin tumors.” Published in the journal Biomaterials Research, the study was conducted by researchers at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine and the Jiangsu Province Academy of Traditional …

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Minnesota Governor’s Office Says He’ll Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill Into Law, Takes Effect August 1

HF 100 to legalize marijuana has now been passed through Minnesota’s full legislature, with Governor Tim Walz planning to sign it into law “soon”. The Minnesota Senate voted earlier today 34 to 32 to approve HF 100 on final passage. Given it already passed the full House 73 to 57, the measure now goes to …

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Nevada Committee Approves Resolution Urging Congress to Deschedule Marijuana

A resolution making its way through the Nevada Legislature was passed yesterday by a key Senate committee. The resolution has already been approved by the full Assembly. Assembly Joint Resolution 8 was filed by Representative Reuben D’Silva along with a bipartisan coalition of 35 other representatives. The resolution states that “the members of the 82nd …

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Minnesota Legislature Sends Marijuana Legalization Bill to Supportive Governor

Legislation to legalize marijuana in Minnesota has officially been sent to Governor Tim Walz, who plans to sign it into law. HF 100 was given final passage today by the Senate, a day after the House concurred with changes made in a conference committee. Now that both chambers have coalesced around one bill and given …

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