February 26, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The District of Columbia (DC) on Thursday disregarded pressures from Congress and went forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Notwithstanding warnings of repercussions by leaders in Congress, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser affirmed that marijuana would be ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Colorado residents filed two lawsuits Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado seeking federal action to close the recreational marijuana market. The lawsuits mark the first in-state legal action opposing the legalization of marijuana. The actions were filed by owners of a ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Megan Miller
In January 2015, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld state bans on same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit's opinion created a circuit split. The US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Vanessa Griffith
The debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most polarizing issues currently facing the American legal community. Several major cases shaped the course of the debate over the past 40 years. Loving v. Virginia is a 1967 US Supreme Court case which declared laws prohibiting ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday put all pending same-sex marriage appeals on hold until the US Supreme Court rules on the issue. The court issued similar orders on pending appeals from Alabama and Florida. The Eleventh Circuit has refused to delay same-sex marriages ...[read more]
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]

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