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Legal news from Sunday, 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 has said he will sign it into law. …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced on Friday that her 34-member monitoring team in Ukraine has produced a report showing an "alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country, as well as serious problems emerging in Crimea, especially in relation to the Crimean Tatars." The …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The first multilateral meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) concluded on Friday at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The main objectives of the meeting, attended and sponsored by signatories of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), were to discuss key issues surrounding the use of LAWS, such as how the development …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Utah Supreme Court issued a stay on Friday temporarily halting adoptions by second parents in legally wed same-sex couples. In December, the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled that Utah's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate due process and equal protection. In light …

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