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Legal news from Thursday, June 11, 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled Thursday that a law restricting the medical use of marijuana to smoking the dried plant was unconstitutional. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, smoking marijuana for medical purposes was permitted, but uses of the plant's extracts in other forms such as in topical applications or food were not. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a Florida law requiring women to visit a doctor and wait 24 hours before undergoing an abortion. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law Wednesday, and it is …

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by William Helbling

An Arkansas judge on Tuesday ordered that 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year be recognized as valid. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ordered the recognition of the marriages performed during a six-day window last year after another Arkansas court struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban but before the state's highest court put that …

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by William Helbling

The Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, limiting the ability of a woman to seek an abortion more than 20 weeks into her pregnancy. Proponents of the bill say it is designed to prohibit women from seeking an abortion that may cause pain to the fetus. Wisconsin Senator Scott Fitzgerald …

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by Dominic Yobbi

According to an unreleased report obtained by the Associated Press, some members of a UN peacekeeping mission engaged in sexual exploitation with more than 200 Haitian women, telling them that they had to in order to obtain necessary food and medication. Many see this as a sign that sexual exploitation consistently goes unreported during such …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Greece's Ministry of Justice on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation giving civil union rights to same-sex couples. This marks the first time in the country's history that such legislation will be introduced. The bill will give rights to go along with the civil unions such as insurance, taxation, inheritance …

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