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Australia’s attorney-general says Canberra local law on cannabis has no legal force

“While legal in most of Australia, medicinal cannabis products are allowed only to patients on the prescription of a doctor, and a license is required to grow and make medicinal cannabis” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter said on Sunday that Canberra’s new legislation legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use do not provide legal protection and clash with federal laws.Federal law prohibits such use, however, and Porter, who has been reviewing the ACT laws and on Sunday sent a…

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Path for legal trade with Iran open: BICC

“TEHRAN – Vice-President of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (BICC) Richard Dalton said on Friday that the channel for legal trade with Iran is still open despite U.S. sanctions against the country” reports tehrantimes.com. The meeting was attended by representatives of the British Ministry of International Trade, chambers of commerce of the two countries and British and Iranian trade companies, entrepreneurs, and Iran’s ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad.Deploring EU’s procrastination for implementing their commitments under the JCPOA and inability to bypass the sanction, he said that however, trade with Iran…

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Dr. Leana Wen came under fire this week for saying abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.”

“In the wake of ongoing attacks against abortion access in the United States, Wen wanted to advocate for a broad range of public health policies instead of simply focusing on abortion care” writes Women’s Reporter for huffpost.com. Leana Wen responded to critics at a Thursday conference after coming under fire for saying that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” Wen was speaking at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday when she addressed the backlash.It’s not,” one Twitter user responded to Wen. “And for someone who used to lead…

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One year on, Canada’s legal cannabis market is down but not out

“The Canadian market is still grappling with a severe shortage of retail outlets that has hampered the development of the legal pot market and allowed the black market to remain dominant, according to analysts and investors” writes Ciara Linnane for marketwatch.com. Without that opportunity to market a wide selection of products, it will continue to be harder to compete with the black market,” said Wilson. But that is not atypical of a new sector.” Cannabis Watch: Click here for all of MarketWatch’s coverage of cannabis companies. Canadian cannabis companies should…

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‘America’s most famous whistleblower’ inspired legal protections. They’re too weak.

“A separate act governs whistleblowing in the intelligence agencies: the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, which has been updated several times” writes Aryeh Neier Is for washingtonpost.com. Protections for whistleblowers in the intelligence community have long been weaker than those for other government workers. Source: washingtonpost.com

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The Government Decides Who Gets Rich Off Marijuana

“In New York, where medical marijuana is legal, just 10 companies own licenses to cultivate and dispense marijuana” writes Sarah Milov for theatlantic.com. Nearly two-thirds of Americans now believe that marijuana use should be legal, and not all of them use it.Competition is fierce over the licenses, which can sell for tens of millions of dollars—even before an ounce of marijuana is sold.Each state that reforms its marijuana laws must decide how it will allocate production rights. Source: theatlantic.com

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Royal launches phone-hacking case against Sun and Mirror

“Prince Harry has issued legal proceedings against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking, in an escalation of his all-out war with the British newspaper industry” writes Jim Waterson for theguardian.com. Issuing proceedings is the first court step of possible legal action against a defendant.The decision follows Harry’s strongly worded attack on the British media’s treatment of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.Buckingham Palace confirmed claims had been filed at the high court regarding alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages. Source: theguardian.com

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US, UK sign pact to share electronic evidence in criminal cases

“The US and UK signed an agreement Thursday that will allow law enforcement officials in both countries to demand tech companies in the other’s country to furnish electronic evidence for use in criminal investigations” writes Steven Musil for cnet.com. It also lets the US enter into agreements to send information from US servers to criminal investigators in other countries with limited case-by-case review of requests.But privacy advocates at groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the change, saying it lets law enforcement bypass constitutional protections against unreasonable…

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Randy Pitchford ‘Exonerated’ In Legal Battle With Ex-Gearbox Lawyer

“Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has settled the legal dispute between him and a former Gearbox legal counsel” writes Matt Kim for ign.com. In a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, the legal battle between Pitchford and former Gearbox legal counsel Wade Callender that began in December 2018 has reached its conclusion.The legal battle became salacious when Callender accused Pitchford of leaving a USB drive in a Texas Medieval Times which contained confidential company materials and pornography.According to a new report, the two have agreed to a settlement while Pitchford has…

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Capital One Arena, British bookmaker team up as D.C. moves forward with legal sports gambling

“The owner of Capital One Arena has struck a deal with British bookmaker William Hill in what could be an early step toward bringing legal sports gambling to the District” writes Reporter Covering The for washingtonpost.com. Thirteen D.C. bars and restaurants have sought changes in their liquor licenses to allow sports betting on their premises. Source: washingtonpost.com

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