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Recreational cannabis sales start in Oregon

cannabis on sale in OregonMedical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon began selling cannabis on Thursday to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding industry.

Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana in Oregon opened their doors soon after midnight — just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21.


Secret Service Violated Privacy Protocol, Wanted To Embarrass Congressman

Jason ChaffetzIn the latest embarrassment for the Secret Service, agents were found to have improperly accessed, shared and potentially released an unsuccessful 2003 Secret Service job application of Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, according to a government report.

It says that the agents' actions stemmed from a desire to discredit Chaffetz, who was heading investigations of scandals inside the Secret Service.


Pro-Israel groups targeting Palestinian organizations in US, report finds

Palestinian groups targetedPro-Israel organizations are increasingly targeting pro-Palestinian groups in the US, according to a report released by two legal advocacy groups on Wednesday.

In a report co-authored with the Center for Constitutional Rights, legal group Palestine Legal said it was called in to respond to nearly 300 incidents of attempted suppression of pro-Palestine activism and rhetoric in the past 18 months.


Oklahoma governor delays Richard Glossip execution

Richard GlossipOklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip received a temporary stay of execution from Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday just hours before he was scheduled to be killed. Earlier that day the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in his case despite new evidence the inmate's lawyers say proves his innocence.

The executive order signed by Fallin postpones Glossip's execution date until Nov. 6. The order states that the delay will give the state's Department of Corrections time to determine whether potassium acetate, one of three drugs to be used in the lethal injection, "is compliant with the execution protocol." If the drug is found not to be compliant, then the state says it will obtain potassium chloride as a substitute before the Nov. 6 deadline.


Only woman on Georgia's death row executed; 1st in 70 years

Kelly Gissendaner executedThe only woman on Georgia's death row was executed early Wednesday, despite a flurry of last minute legal appeals and pleas for mercy from her children and the pope.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who was the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades, was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21 a.m. at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband after she conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death.


New York Law Blocks Judges From Practicing Medicine From The Bench

Andrew CuomoDrug court judges in New York will no longer be allowed to order defendants in recovery to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications as part of their treatment, as the result of a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Public health experts say medication-assisted treatment such as Suboxone or methadone gives addicts the best chance at sobriety, but judges in New York routinely substituted their own opinion, arguing that those in their control should abide by strict abstinence.


Oklahoma death row inmate's supporters: 'He's just such a good man'

Oklahoma death upheldPending a last-minute appeal to the US supreme court, Richard Glossip, who two weeks ago came within hours of death by lethal injection, will once again prepare to enter Oklahoma’s death chamber on Wednesday.

Celebrities, elected officials and supporters around the globe have made Glossip a high profile figure in the death penalty debate, which is reaching a fever pitch as the US prepares to execute six inmates in nine days. Activists are planning to gather for rallies at the Oklahoma state house and the US supreme court on Tuesday evening in support of Glossip, who continues to maintain his innocence of the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese at a motel in Oklahoma City.


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