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Reports: Amy Schumer Arrested While Protesting Brett Kavanaugh

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As the GOP-controlled Senate rushes to confirm to the Supreme Court beer-loving judge Brett Kavanaugh, who faces multiple credible allegations of sexual assault, thousands of people rallied in protest today outside the Supreme Court building. Demonstrators eventually marched to the Hart Senate Office Building and staged a sit-in that led to 302 arrests. Among those reportedly detained and charged…

Source: https://www.spin.com/2018/10/amy-schumer-arrest-brett-kavanaugh-protest/

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FDA Raids Vape Maker Juul, Seizes ‘Thousands’ of Documents

ziwjf3mb2mwtoos6tt4m.jpgIn its ongoing crusade against rad teens, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it raided the headquarters of Juul Labs, which is under investigation for potentially marketing e-cigarettes to children. The “unannounced on-site inspection,” executed on Friday, resulted in the seizure of “thousands of…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/fda-raids-vape-maker-juul-seizes-thousands-of-document-1829467887

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FBI: Marijuana Arrests Spike For Second Straight Year, Far Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes

The total number of persons arrested in the United States in 2017 rose for the second consecutive year, according to data released today by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, police made 659,700 arrests for marijuana-related violations last year. That total is more than 21 percent higher than the total number of persons arrests for the commission of violent crimes (518,617) in 2017.

Of those arrested for marijuana crimes, just under 91 percent (599,000) were arrested for marijuana possession offenses, a slight increase over last year’s annual totals. Total marijuana arrests in 2017 increased for the second straight year, after having fallen for nearly a decade. The uptick comes at a time when ten states, including California, have legalized the adult use of cannabis – leading to a significant decline in marijuana-related arrests in those jurisdictions.

“Actions by law enforcement run counter to both public support and basic morality,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said. “In a day and age where twenty percent of the population lives in states which have legalized and nearly every state has some legal protections for medical cannabis or its extract, the time for lawmakers to end this senseless and cruel prohibition that ruins lives.”

As in previous years, marijuana possession arrests were least likely to occur in the western region of the United States, where possessing the plant has largely been either legalized or decriminalized. By contrast, in Midwestern states, marijuana-related arrests comprised over 53 percent of all drug arrests.

The 2017 FBI report, “Crime in the United States,” is available online here.

Source: http://blog.norml.org/2018/09/24/fbi-marijuana-arrests-spike-for-second-straight-year-far-outpace-arrests-for-all-violent-crimes/

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Riots on the streets of Buenos Aires after Argentina votes against legalising abortion

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The streets of Buenos Aires transformed into a fire-filled riot after Argentina’s Senate voted against the legalisation of abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. 

After a 15-hour debate, 31 senators voted in favour and 38 voted against a bill legalising abortion in the overwhelmingly Catholic countryPer the New York Times, “under current Argentine law, in place since 1921, abortion is legal only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s health.”

It’s believed pressure from the Catholic church and Pope Francis are behind the decision not to stray from the strict abortion ban.  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/08/09/argentina-abortion-vote/

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FBI, DEA orchestrate massive raid of suspected illegal marijuana grow operations across Denver metro area

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Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI agents joined state and local agencies in a massive, coordinated raid of more than a dozen suspected illegal marijuana growing operations across the Denver metro area Thursday morning, federal officials say.

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Source: https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/08/09/fbi-dea-orchestrate-massive-raid-of-suspected-illegal-marijuana-grow-operations-across-denver-metro-area/104617/