From Safer Pot to Straws, July 1 Brings New Laws

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By Anna Breuer on 2 July 2018
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There are hundreds of new laws that went into effect around the country on July 1. The list ranges from new drone laws to straw bans to mandatory safety testing for weed.

Here are a few we thought noteworthy.

Car seats.  In Virginia, child restraint devices need to be rear-facing until the child turns 2 years old or until he reaches the weight or height limit of the seat, whichever happens later.

Drones.  Also in Virginia, drones can be charged with trespassing. It’s illegal to fly a drone within 50’ of a home if the owner has asked drone’s owner to stop.  It’s also illegal to spy on someone with the drone.

Plastic.  The city of Seattle has banned plastic utensils and drinking straws at all food vendors although paper and bamboo straws and utensils are fine.

420.  California has put into effect new safety and testing regulations for marijuana.Your weed must pass additional tests before being sold. Tests look for certain chemicals, pesticides, and foreign materials. Recreational marijuana became legal in the state in 2018.

Uber.  Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Lyft and Uber are subject to lower blood alcohol limits than other drivers under a new California law.  The limit for a DUI is a blood alcohol concentration of .04 versus the previous .08.

Finally, students at schools in Indiana and Maryland are allowed to bring and apply sunscreen at school without a doctor’s note or prescription as part of an education program about sun safety.

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