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Sunday, April 28 2013, 04:59 PM CDT
California lawmakers are thinking about changing the state's drone laws
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are attempting to address privacy concerns as pilotless aircraft are being considered for a wide range of uses.

Drones make it faster and cheaper to gather information, like when tracking fleeing suspects or monitoring crowds. But some lawmakers say the increased access they provide could be exploited without proper regulations.

Several bills in the Legislature would set penalties for privacy violations and require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant in non-emergency situations before deploying drone aircraft. One bill is scheduled for a Senate Public Safety Committee hearing on Tuesday.

FAA officials estimate that as many as 30,000 unmanned aircraft could be buzzing through the country's sky by 2030.

Law enforcement officials and other supporters say demand for the aircraft has been misunderstood.


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California lawmakers are thinking about changing the state's drone laws

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's more liberal cities is considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper reports that the Oregon Health Authority Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program has already received six dispensary applications for Ashland.

But neighborhood opposition has been increasing and the council will discuss a moratorium on April 1.

People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system.

A proposed dispensary called Top Shelf Meds abuts an Ashland neighborhood.

Carol Kim says the dispensary is separated from her home by a hedge. She says it's ironic that state rules bar dispensaries near schools, but her daughters will come home from school and have to live near a dispensary.
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