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Virginia governor signs bill permitting medical use of marijuana oil
February 28, 2015
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed a legislative measure aimed at permitting use of medical marijuana oils for individuals suffering from severe forms of epilepsy. The bill permits the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A) oils by providing an affirmative d....... [more]

West Virginia lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban
February 26, 2015
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, whi....... [more]

Jamaica parliament decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana
February 25, 2015
The Jamaican House of Parliament passed an act Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Under the new law, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense punishable by a ticket. Beyond consumption, the legislation allows individuals to cultivate up to five p....... [more]

Kansas senate approves restrictive abortion bill
February 20, 2015
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a 31-9 vote....... [more]

Mississippi AG petitions Supreme Court to allow abortion law to take effect
February 19, 2015
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood asked the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to allow the state to enforce an abortion law that was declared unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2014. The law requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at state hospitals....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Indonesia to halt executions for drug-related offenses
February 13, 2015
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged the Indonesian government to halt all executions of people convicted of drug-related offenses. Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, made this statement in response to Indones....... [more]

Mississippi House approves bill to make execution details secret
February 13, 2015
The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would make details involving executions secret and allow lawsuits against anyone who divulges the secrets. Moreover, the names of the executioner and anyone "assisting in the execution in capacity" would be exempt from public....... [more]

California suit aims to permit doctor-assisted suicide
February 12, 2015
Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California Sta....... [more]

Colorado lawmakers decline to pass assisted suicide bill
February 7, 2015
Colorado lawmakers on Friday declined to pass a bill that would have permitted medically assisted suicide for terminally-ill patients. If Colorado had enacted this law, it would have required two physicians to confirm that a patient was terminally ill. Further, patients would have been required to s....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down ban on medically assisted suicide
February 6, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down the country's ban on medically assisted suicide. The court found the provision in Canada's Criminal Code that criminalized the aiding and abetting of suicide efforts unconstitutional under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court ex....... [more]

Montana high court orders hearing on abortion parental consent law
February 4, 2015
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a decision granting summary judgment to Planned Parenthood in a case challenging two Montana abortion parental consent laws, ordering further proceedings. Planned Parenthood challenged these laws based on the concept of issue preclusion after the Montana....... [more]




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