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2008-09-15 03:00:16

By Lauren McSherry San Bernardino County has appealed its medical marijuana lawsuit to the California Supreme Court, but it remains unclear whether the court will agree to hear the case. The county lost its lawsuit July 25 when a court of appeals ruled that a state law requiring counties to issue medical marijuana identification cards is constitutional. The county maintains that the state law is at odds with federal law, which criminalizes the drug. "The lower courts haven't done...

2008-08-27 21:00:40

By Wendy Leung If state Attorney General Jerry Brown's medical-marijuana recommendations released this week were meant to clarify a muddied issue caused by conflicting state and federal law, not all local officials saw the light. Some welcomed Brown's effort to protect legal dispensaries and patients, but others believed the guidelines released Monday were far from the final word. San Bernardino County and its Sheriff's Department are challenging Brown's recommendations with a...

2008-08-27 03:00:56

By Wendy Leung If state Attorney General Jerry Brown's medical-marijuana recommendations released this week were meant to clarify a muddied issue caused by conflicting state and federal law, not all local officials saw the light. Some welcomed Brown's effort to protect legal dispensaries and patients, but others believed the guidelines released Monday were far from the final word. San Bernardino County and its Sheriff's Department are challenging Brown's recommendations with a...

2008-08-26 03:00:40

By Report Plaintiffs who alleged they were wrongfully removed from a flight because they were of Iraqi descent can sue the airline, a U.S. District Court in Michigan has ruled. The plaintiffs were a group of Michigan residents who were scheduled to fly on an American Airlines flight from San Diego to Chicago. They alleged that unnamed members of the flight crew falsely identified them as security risks. The pilot then returned the plane to the gate and removed all of the passengers,...

2008-08-04 12:01:14

By Sam Galski, Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa. Aug. 4--Few Hazleton Area students have taken advantage of a federal law that allows them to transfer out of schools that consistently do not meet proficiency benchmarks established for state reading and math tests, district officials said. Hazleton Area administrators aren't expecting the trend to change. The No Child Left Behind Act requires Title I schools with an Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status of School Improvement or lower to...

2008-07-31 18:00:38

By Tom Mooney, The Providence Journal, R.I. Jul. 31--The state courts plan to keep doing business with two cleaning companies that the Carcieri administration fired last week after 31 of their custodians were arrested as suspected illegal immigrants. And Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is also sticking with the one custodian he has left, even though the worker's boss and the president of the company has admitted to ignoring a federal law to keep certain documents on his employees....

2008-07-18 06:00:49

By James Romoser, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. Jul. 18--State legislators voted today to prevent the purchase of guns by people who have been deemed dangerously mentally ill. The bill, which passed unanimously, is a response to the Virginia Tech shootings of April 2007. It requires the state to report to an FBI database the names of people who are found by the court system to be so mentally ill that they pose a threat to themselves or to others. The database is used by gun sellers to...

2006-07-20 17:43:54

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania town may have overstepped its authority in passing a tough law designed to curb illegal immigration, a Congressional agency said in a report made public on Thursday. The non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which gathers facts for Congress, said Hazleton in northeast Pennsylvania appears to have intruded into an area covered by federal law with its Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance, passed by the city council last...

2006-04-26 13:25:49

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of "ganja guru" Ed Rosenthal and ordered a new trial, saying a juror had tainted the case by seeking the advice of a lawyer before the verdict. Rosenthal, the author of many books on marijuana, was sentenced in 2003 to a single day in prison -- the minimum possible in the case -- after a jury found him guilty of growing the plant in violation of federal law. Rosenthal appealed the felony...

2006-02-28 15:21:47

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court sided with anti-abortion groups in a 20-year-old lawsuit by ruling on Tuesday that federal law did not cover the physical violence by protesters cited in the shutdown of health clinics. The ruling marked the third top court decision in the cases that began in 1986, when anti-abortion groups were sued by the National Organization for Women and others for their tactics, including violent demonstrations to block access to...


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