Oregon Committee Passes Bill to Relax State Hemp Laws, Expand Market, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

SALEM, Ore. (Feb. 12, 2016) – An Oregon bill that would relax state hemp licensing laws, making the crop more like any other agricultural products, passed out of an important committee Thursday. The measure opens up hemp to small and individual farmers, paving the way for faster development of Oregon’s hemp market, and further nullifying federal prohibition in effect.

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New York Bill Takes on Bulk Warrantless Data Collection and Stingray Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 10, 2016) – A New York electronic data protection bill would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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