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Legal news from Sunday, May 18, 2014

[JURIST] Minnesota lawmakers on Friday approved a bill [SF 2470, text] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] announced [press release] on Friday that her 34-member monitoring team in Ukraine has produced a report [text, PDF] showing an "alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country, as well as serious problems emerging … [read more]

[JURIST] The first multilateral meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) [official website] concluded on Friday at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The main objectives of the meeting [agenda, PDF], attended and sponsored by signatories of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) [official website], were to discuss key issues … [read more]

[JURIST] The Utah Supreme Court [official website] issued a stay on Friday temporarily halting adoptions [per curiam order, PDF] by second parents in legally wed same-sex couples. In December, the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] ruled that Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage … [read more]

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