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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Taylor Gillan

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved [press release, in French] a bill that will allow physicians to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death, opting not to extend the bill to cover physician-assisted suicide. Under the new law, patients will be able to request [AP report] "deep, continuous sedation altering consciousness … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday signed a decree fully legalizing medical marijuana [press release, in Spanish] in the country. Santos said the new regulations, which make it legal to grow, process, import and export marijuana for medical and scientific use, would put Colombia "at the forefront in the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official profile] signed two bills [materials] on Wednesday in order to expedite the distribution of medical marijuana to citizens with critical health conditions. Though statewide medical marijuana distribution will begin in January, the governor and lawmakers [JURIST reports] acknowledged that at-risk patients may require … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed [press release] a bill [A4587, PDF] into law Monday that would allow for the administering of edible medical marijuana to sick and disabled children on school grounds without triggering the arrests of parents or educators. The bill, also known as Genny's Bill [backgrounder], was … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Mexico Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled on Wednesday that four members of the nonprofit Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (SMART) [Facebook page, in Spanish] will be allowed to grow and smoke marijuana. This decision marks a significant step [BBC report] in the potential path … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Voters in Ohio on Tuesday rejected a proposal [text, PDF] to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana. The measure would have decriminalized the use of marijuana by permitting retail sale of various marijuana-infused products, allowing those 21 years of age or older to grow up to four flowering … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Michigan House of Representatives [official website] approved medical marijuana legislation [HB 4209; HB 4827] Wednesday to clarify the legal regulation of the medical marijuana industry. The "medical marihuana facilities licensing act" provides the licensing requirements for businesses to grow, sell and pay taxes on medical marijuana. The "marihuana tracking … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The French Parliament [official website] on Wednesday adopted a surveillance bill [materials, in French] that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor Internet use metadata. It is reported [AP report] that the bill also allows for court ordered surveillance of suspects homes and cars utilizing beacons and … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Delaware Governor Jack Markell [official website] on Thursday signed into law House Bill 39 [materials], a measure that decriminalizes the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, which was given final legislative approval [Delaware Online report] by the state's senate Thursday and signed by the governor … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression [UN backgrounder] David Kaye on Wednesday issued a report [text, DOC; press release] calling the use of anonymity and encryption software in digital communication vital to free speech. Kaye noted that due to heightened online security and mass and targeted surveillance … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The New York Senate [official website] on Monday passed a medical marijuana bill [materials] that would expedite access to marijuana for emergency medical purposes. The bill, passed [Capital report] by a Republican-led Senate in a 50-12 vote, would allow people with "progressive and degenerative" diseases or whose lives are … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] on Monday unanimously affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision that employers' zero tolerance drug policies are not pre-empted by Colorado's legalization of medical marijuana. The court held that an employee can legally be discharged for consuming marijuana off-duty, as a plain meaning … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Belgium [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF, in French] that a law requiring Internet service providers and telecommunications operators to retain customer metadata for possible future police investigations violates fundamental privacy rights and is therefore unconstitutional. Specifically the law required these organizations to store … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment] Thursday that a law restricting the medical use of marijuana to smoking the dried plant was unconstitutional. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [text], smoking marijuana for medical purposes was permitted, but uses of the plant's extracts in other … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Louisiana House of Representatives [official website] approved a medical marijuana bill [legislative materials] on Thursday and sent the bill as amended back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate previously approved the bill that seeks to provide a legal way to supply therapeutic marijuana to patients who need … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Senate [official website] voted Tuesday to approve a bill [SB 3 materials] that could bring medical marijuana to the state. The bill will now head to the House [official website] for consideration where proponents are optimistic it will have more success this year than the bill's predecessor … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website, in French], the lower house of parliament, approved Bill relating to Intelligence (No. 2669) [text, in French] on Tuesday, which would allow authorities to increase surveillance of anyone linked to terrorism investigations without permission from a judge. The bill authorizes [Guardian report] intelligence agencies … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday signed an executive order [press release, in Spanish] legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) announced on Friday the completion of the first draft of a potential constitutional charter and its submission to an advisory council for review. The new document would replace the one voided nearly a year ago by military coup and could be ratified as … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official profile] signed House Bill 1 [text] on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the US state of Georgia. The approved legislation is effective immediately and allows for patients suffering from cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma and other serious ailments to receive 20 fluid ounces or … [read more]

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