Anthony Martinelli

Anthony Martinelli is Editor-in-Chief of The Marijuana Herald, a daily marijuana news and information website that launched in 2019.

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Study: 17% of Pediatric Patients With Cerebral Palsy Use CBD, For Some It Improves Emotional Health, Spasticity, and Pain

Nearly one in ever five pediatric patients with cerebral palsy use the marijuana compound cannabidiol (CBD) to help combat symptoms of the ailment, according to a new study published in the journal Orthopedics. For the study, researchers at Stanford University conducted a survey of caregivers who have children with cerebral palsy (CP) regarding their use of CBD …

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US Lawmakers Announce Bill to Block FDA From Legalizing or Rescheduling Marijuana


Today, U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) announced that in the coming days they “will be introducing legislation to ensure marijuana cannot be legalized federally by the FDA without Congressional approval.” The two lawmakers announced the upcoming proposal in a press release about a totally different measure, the SAFER Banking Act. No …

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Study: Psilocybin May Produce “Lasting Improvements in Mental Health Symptoms and General Wellbeing”

Results of a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry “indicate broad therapeutic potential of psilocybin to produce lasting improvements in mental health symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and substance misuse”. Additionally, the study states that “psilocybin seems capable of producing enduring changes in psychological functioning and personality such as increased cognitive flexibility, emotion …

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Bill Filed in US House of Representatives to Legalize Marijuana and Expunge Charges, Has 33 Sponsors

US Representative Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York and a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, has refiled the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. The MORE Act was filed today with 33 cosponsors, all Democrat. The proposal has been passed through the House of Representatives twice, but stalled in the then-Republican …

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United Nations Report Calls for End to Drug War

A United Nations human rights report released today calls for a shift from punitive measures to address the global drugs problem to the use of policies grounded in human rights and public health, including decriminalizing drug possession. The report urges States to develop effective drug policies, including by considering decriminalization of drug possession for personal …

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill Allowing All Licensed Marijuana Growers to Sell Directly to Patients

Legislation that would allow all licensed marijuana growers and processors to sell marijuana directly to patients has been passed overwhelmingly through the full Pennsylvania Senate. By a vote of 44 to 3 the Senate passed Senate Bill 773, filed by Senator Chris Gebhard along with a bipartisan coalition of seven cosponsors. This sends the measure …

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US House Committee Passes Bill to Prevent Denial of Federal Employment Or Security Clearances Over Marijuana Use

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee has given approval to the Cannabis Users’ Restoration of Eligibility (CURE) Act (H.R. 5040). The Committee passed the bill in a 30 to 14 vote. The measure was sponsored by Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The proposed law explicitly prevents federal employment and …

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana at Schools

Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy held a hearing yesterday to discuss legislation that would allow students who are authorized to use medical marijuana to use the medicine on school premises. Filed by Senator Susan Moran, Senate Bill 59 was introduced in February. Seven months later, it has finally received a hearing in the Joint …

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Industrial Hemp Market Worth $8 Billion Globally, to Grow to $23 Billion by 2030

According to a new report, the global hemp market is valued at $8 billion as of the end of 2022. The Global Industrial Hemp Market report, published by Verified Market Research, estimates that the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.05% between 2023 and 2030, to rise to an overall value …

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US Senators Introduce Bipartisan Marijuana Banking Bill, Credit Union National Association Announces Support

A bipartisan group of senators have introduced the SAFER Banking Act, an update on the SAFE Banking Act. The Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation (SAFER) Banking Act was introduced on Wednesday. Co-sponsors of the bill include Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Cynthia …

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