Hannah Howell

Hannah Howell

Spain Legalizes Euthanasia

Spain’s parliament voted to approve a bill that will allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases or unbearable permanent conditions. The bill, which was backed by Spain’s left-wing coalition government and several other parties, passed in a 198-138 vote.  The law will allow health professionals, both public and private, to assist …

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Seattle considers decriminalizing misdemeanors if “poverty” is the excuse

Seattle City Council is considering a new criminal code regulation that would see it become the first municipality in the US to excuse misdemeanor crimes if they can be linked to poverty, or potentially, addiction and mental health disorders. The concept, known as the poverty defense, was discussed by the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety …

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House of Representatives Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

The United States House of Representatives has approved legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge nonviolent marijuana-related convictions. This act would seek to address issues from the War on Drugs.  The bill would remove the drug from the Controlled Substances Act and authorize a 5 percent tax on marijuana that would fund community and small …

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