Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill Wednesday that will allow the production and sale of marijuana for medical purposes.  A law passed in 2015 had already legalized the use of low-THC cannabis oil for medical purposes but did not legalize the production, sale or possession of those oils, inhibiting patient access. The new law [...]

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Hope Medical Group for Women, a Louisiana-based abortion clinic, filed a petition for certiorari Wednesday asking the US Supreme Court to strike down an Louisiana abortion law (Act 620) requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital. Section (2)(a) of Act 620 requires that abortion providers: Have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is [...]

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The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that sexually explicit electronic communications sent to minors are not private and can be used in police investigations. In the case a police officer posed as a child and was sent explicit messages. A meeting was arranged with the defendant, a 32-year-old-man pretending to be 23. The defendant argued [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed concern Thursday after a Bahrain court convicted 139 individuals of terrorism in a mass trial on Tuesday. The individuals were convicted of terrorism and extremism related to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. All but one of those convicted were stripped of their nationality. The commissioner is concerned [...]

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Texas House lawmakers approved the Texas Born-Alive Protection Act Wednesday, which would require doctors to treat babies born alive after an abortion attempt. A similar version of the bill was approved by the Senate last week. The version passed by the House included a third-degree felony and $100,000 fine for any doctor who fails to [...]

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Colorado Governor Jared Pollis signed a bill Tuesday granting the state more power to regulate oil and mineral operations. Sections 1 and 2 of the new law repeal previous legislative provisions that grant local governments jurisdiction over oil and gas operations within their territories only if the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission allows it. [...]

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In a statement issued by the US State Department Wednesday, the US formally announced sanctions against the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) and one of the Bank’s directors, Iliana Josefa Ruzza Teran. According to the statement, the sanctions were issued “to halt the former Maduro regime’s theft of Venezuela’s assets and destruction of the economy.” [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard two oral arguments Wednesday morning. At issue in the first case, United States v. Davis, is whether the term “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague in 18 USC § 924(c)(3)(B). This statute deals specifically with the possession of firearms by the defendant during this type of crime. The two respondents [...]

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Former president of Peru Alan Garcia died Wednesday during an arrest by Peruvian Police in connection with the Odebrecht corruption scandal. Garcia was president of Peru twice from 1985-1990 and 2006-2011. He was the leader of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance, a center-left political party in Peru, and is the party’s only member to take [...]

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