January 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court decided Monday not to take on a case to review Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The ban was upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans in September. The couples were seeking to bypass the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Supreme Court denied the ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A judge in Florida's Miami-Dade County on Monday lifted a stay on her July decision that held that bans on same-sex marriage violated equal protection rights, hours ahead of statewide legalization. Judge Sarah Zabel immediately stayed her decision in July while the state appealed. Last Thursday, a ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated that the UNODC is following the legalization trend ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana. In Alaska Measure 2, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21, allowing adults to "possess, use, show, buy, transport, or grow set ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Oregon voters are set to vote this fall on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the proposed initiative, recreational sale of marijuana would be governed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would be granted the power to select licensees and ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill allowing a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to be used for the treatment of epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act garnered bipartisan support and was passed by the State Assembly this ...[read more]
May 18, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Minnesota lawmakers on Friday approved a bill legalizing medical marijuana in pill or liquid form for a limited number of patients who suffer from severe or fatal illnesses. The state's Senate voted 46-16 and the House voted 89-40 to approve the bill with bipartisan support. Governor Mark Dayton ...[read more]
May 3, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Authorities in Uruguay on Friday released details to explain how marijuana will be produced and legally sold in the country, following legislation proposed by President Jose Mujica. Uruguay is the first country in the world to have a system that regulates marijuana production, sale and ...[read more]
April 18, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The Supreme Court of The Netherlands on Friday banned an online group, "Martijn," that advocates for the legalization of pedophilia. The court held that the dangers of pedophilia are too great to allow the group to continue. This is because, the court reasoned, children are particularly ...[read more]

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