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Legal news from Sunday, April 6, 2014

[JURIST] The Maryland state House of Representatives [official website] passed a bill [HB 881, materials] on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN expert on Friday urged [press release] the Kazakhstan government to end the mandatory registration of religious communities. Currently, all religious communities in Kazakhstan are required by law to obtain registration status to exercise collective religious functions. During a visit to Kazakhstan, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged [press release] Somali authorities to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The UN recommended the moratorium citing its concern over judicial processes after a man was executed nine days after … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kansas state legislature [official website] approved a bill [HB 2578] on Saturday that would establish statewide firearm possession regulations and nullify city and county variances on gun permitting restrictions. The bill would also restrict local governments from imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported, and … [read more]

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