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August 17 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 18, 2016

9th Circuit court bars feds from prosecuting medical marijuana cases

A federal appeals court has banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases that comply with state laws. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the DOJ to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington violated medical marijuana laws in those states before continuing with federal criminal prosecutions. — The Associated Press


Bill to allow more felons to vote heads to Jerry Brown

California could soon restore voting rights for tens of thousands of felons who are not serving their sentences in the state prison system. The state Senate on Tuesday passed Assembly Bill 2466 by a vote of 23-13, sending it to governor’s desk for consideration. By Alexei Koseff — The Sacramento Bee

California court helps kids by healing parents' addictions

At 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, a line of parents pushing strollers filed into a conference room at the Sacramento County Courthouse in California. They sat at rows of narrow plastic tables, shushing their babies and looking up at a man in a black robe. By Jenny Gold — NPR

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