Monthly Archives: June, 2009

Washington State: Medical marijuana dispensaries open

Written by Janet Medical marijuana can now be dispensed in Washington, legally, so dispensaries are opening in Spokane to provide it.  Regardless of whether such stores are what Washington voters and legislators envisioned when they allowed medical marijuana, it may only be a matter of time before the businesses are commonplace: Medical marijuana has been …

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Supreme Court Rules Strip Search of Child Illegal

Written by Janet On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that a school’s strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal.  School officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding, who lives in Safford, in rural eastern Arizona. Redding is now a college student, but when she was …

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D.A.’s office says let illegal immigrants go

Written by Janet This past Monday, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’ office defended allowing about a half dozen first-time drug offenders to clear their records by going through a job-training program, even after prosecutors learned they were deportable as undocumented immigrants. Aides from her office said they had made changes in the program that …

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Oregon: Safeguards for children in foster care

Written by Janet Two new bills will require the state to provide closer monitoring of Oregon foster children sent to live with relatives in other countries. The bills were a direct response to a series in the Oregonian newspaper exposing the murder of an Oregon foster child in Mexico. The first bill is penned after the …

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Follow up: California, Cannabis, and Cancer

Written by Janet Last week when California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) classified marijuana smoke as a carcinogen, it hit news sites worldwide.  But to medical users and potheads, what does it all mean?  By law, California is required to publish a list of chemicals “known to cause cancer” (the Proposition 65 list, …

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Supreme Court weighing idea of sex offender law

Written by Janet The U. S. Supreme Court is deciding today, whether or not Congress may adopt a federal law that keeps sex offenders in custody indefinitely after they complete their prison sentences.  The Obama administration is appealing to reinstate a 2006 law providing for the continued detention of “sexually dangerous” convicted federal inmates who …

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Supreme Court okays gold mine dumping

Written by Janet An Alaskan gold mine company got the go ahead from the Supreme Court Monday to dump waste in a nearby lakeeven though all its fish would be killed. Environmentalists feared the ruling could weaken protection of other lakes, streams and waterways from mining waste. The justices, by a vote of 6-3, said …

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Immigration enforcement may toughen in Arizona

Written by Janet Arizona is known as America’s biggest gathering site for illegal immigrants to cross over into the U.S.  Arizona is known to be tough on those who come illegally, but that reputation could harden if the Legislature and governor approve a proposal that would draw local authorities deeper into immigration enforcement and further …

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American guns and Jamaica’s gang wars

Written by Janet Ships from Miami dock continually in in Jamaica’s main harbor, but some of the most popular U.S. imports never appear on the manifests: handguns, rifles and bullets that stoke one of the world’s highest murder rates.  It’s much less of a shipment there, than to Mexico, but of those that are traced, …

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GOP says Dems health overhaul would break the bank

Writen by Janet The Senate’s GOP leader said Saturday that Democratic efforts to overhaul health care will bury the nation in debt.   Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky accused the Obama administration and congressional Democrats of rushing expensive and flawed plans that would result in rationing of care. McConnell’s criticism, in the weekly GOP radio and …

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