Here Are the New Laws That Go Into Effect in 2021 That Could Impact Travelers

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By Kurt Stolz on 4 January 2021
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A slew of new laws went into effect in various states on January 1.  Here’s a summary of what might affect travelers as well as local residents in various parts of the United States.

Ninety years after Prohibition ended in almost all parts of the United States, the state of Mississippi eliminated all remaining laws making the possession of alcohol illegal.

If you want to buy cigarettes, other tobacco products, vaping devices, or e-cigarettes, however, you will have to be 21 in the United States as a new rule from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration goes into effect.

Travelers take note: Starting October 1 of this year, every passenger over the age of 18  must present a Real ID-compliance driver’s license or a valid passport in order to board an aircraft. The newer licenses incorporate features which make it harder to forge copies.

Hawaii banned the sale or distribution of sunscreens that contain two chemicals the state said can harm coral reefs and other forms of marine life.

Four states – Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota – are legalizing recreational marijuana this year, following measures approved by voters in November.

It is now illegal in Arizona and Virginia to drive while holding a mobile phone.  In Virginia, under the new law, drivers are only permitted to have earphones or headphones in or on one ear if talking on the phone while driving.

Finally, California will require all businesses to disclose potential coronavirus cases in the workplace to public health officials within 48 hours of learning about them. Companies are also required to inform employees within 24 hours

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