Anthony Martinelli

Anthony Martinelli is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Marijuana Herald, a daily marijuana news and information website that launched in 2019. You can reach Anthony at [email protected].

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Study: CBD Can Mitigate Opioid Cravings

Administering marijuana-derived CBD significantly reduces opioid cravings in animals, according to a new study published in the journal Addiction Neuroscience. For the study researchers from Washington State University and Legacy Research Institute in Portland examined the efficacy and safety profile of vaporized CBD in female rates. They found that rats provided with CBD were less likely to …

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Rhode Island Bill Would Allow Animals to Join Medical Marijuana Program

Legislation to add animals to Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program has been introduced in the state’s Senate. Legislation to expand the definition of “qualifying patient” to include “any animal having a debilitating medical condition as determined by a veterinarian for purposes of a recommendation for medical marijuana”, has been filed in the Rhode Island Senate. …

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Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Becomes Law in Washington D.C.

In January Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation to significantly expand the district’s medical marijuana program. After a required congressional review period, the proposal is now officially law. The legislation (Bill 24-0113) was first introduced by Council Chair Phil Mendelson on behalf of Mayor Bowser back in February, 2021. In December, 2022 it passed …

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Missouri Bill to Study Medical Use of MDMA, Psilocybin and Ketamine Passes Second House Committee

Two legislative committees in Missouri have voted “Yes” on a measure that would require a study on the efficacy of using alternative medicines and therapies including, but not limited to MDMA psilocybin, and ketamine. Missouri House Bill 1154 was passed on March 7 by the Veterans Committee in a unanimous vote (11 to 0), and …

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Michigan Bill Would Lower Age to Work at Marijuana Stores to 19

A legislative proposal that would lower the age to work or volunteer at a licensed marijuana retail outlet was filed today in the Michigan House of Representatives. “A person who is 19 years of age or older may manufacture, purchase, distribute, and sell marihuana accessories if the person is an agent acting on behalf of …

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Illinois Committee Votes to Ban Police From Using Marijuana Odor as Probable Cause for Vehicle Searches

A bill that would explicitly prohibit law enforcement from using the smell of marijuana as probable cause for a vehicle search has been passed by a key Senate committee in Illinois. Senate Bill 125 was filed by Senator Rachel Ventura along with eight cosponsors, all Democrat. It was passed today by the Senate Special Committee …

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Oregon Grants First Ever License for Magic Mushroom Production

Almost two and a half years after Oregon voters approved the legalization of psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”), the state has issued the first license for its production. The Oregon Health Authority announced today that it has issues its first psilocybin manufacturing license, which was awarded to the Portland-based company Satori Farms PDX LLC The company is …

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Legislation to Prevent Marijuana Odor From Being Used as Probable Cause Passed by Maryland Senate Committee

A Maryland Senate committee has given approval to a bill that would prevent law enforcement from using marijuana odor as the sole evidence for probable cause or reasonable suspicion. Filed by Senator Jill P. Carter, Senate Bill 51 has received approval from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committees, sending it towards a vote by the full …

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Vermont Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana Law Passed in Committee

A Vermont proposal that would expand the state’s medical marijuana law, including doubling the number of plants a patient can grow, has been passed in its initial House committee. House Bill 270 was filed by State Representatives Matt Birong and Mike McCarthy. It recently received approval by the House Ways and Means Committee. It has …

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Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Calls for Federal Marijuana Legalization

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has endorsed the legalization of marijuana and released a model federal regulatory framework for the legal marijuana industry. The WSWA, a trade association founded 80 years ago in 1943, says their framework is rooted in the near century of experience the industry has in transporting and regulating …

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