Weed, guns, and catfish: 2017 new legislation brings big changes


Just because the Congress does not mean ground to a virtual standstill in 2016, the country ceased to be new laws.

Of taxes, minimum wage, gun control, a wide range of changes at the state level as Americans ring in the year 2017. And, as is the trend lately, that will bring in the new year, far broader legalization of marijuana.

It is what The National organization for the Reform of marijuana laws, in a letter to Vice-President Mike Pence’s argument against pot prohibitions, as “the unprecedented split between state and Federal laws in relation to cannabis laws.” While this debate is new as a trump administration office is in charge of a law-and-order mandate of the “split” is wider in 2017.

Already, the night owls in Massachusetts and California have the legal possibility of pairing your New Year’s Eve champagne, the with a joint. Approved by the voters in November, legal recreational pot use took effect on Dec. 15 in Massachusetts; legal the personal use of the drug effect took place in California shortly after the voters there are, although retail sales still months away from the implementation.

Nevada is set to the legalization of recreational pot on Jan. 1 and Maine is soon to follow.

The voters in the last election allowed the legalization of the drug for medical purposes in North Dakota, Montana, Florida, and Arkansas. To legalize In Colorado, one of the first States pot, a licensed medical marijuana growers will now be allowed to sell pot as well.

Colorado voters also supported an increase in the national minimum wage.

From Jan. 1, of the wage increases from $8.31 $9.30 per hour for non-tipped workers, and increases to $0.90 per hour each year, up to $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020.

Voters in Maine, Arizona and Washington also approved hikes in favor of the minimum wage. An appeals court in Arizona recently rejected an effort by the state, enterprises, delay Jan. 1 implementation.

As wage hikes enter the pipeline, so have tax increases:

In Portland, Ore., the city Council passed a so-called CEO-tax, a first-in-the-nation regulation to a tax charge on exchange-listed companies whose CEOs are earning 100 times more than the median wage of other employees. According to the National Law Review, a surcharge of 10 percent of the base tax liability will be imposed on the company from Jan. 1.

Gifts, Christmas or anything from Amazon purchase and next also more expensive to calculate for Utah residents in the year 2017, a new law, online retailers consumers a 4.7-sales tax at the point of sale, instead of relying on the honor system.

On the tax relief side of the Ledger, Illinois, a measure tossing approved a 6.25 per cent “luxury” tax on tampons.

Illinois passed dozens of other laws, including the amendments, so that as of Jan. To catch 1, it is illegal catfish with a pitchfork and fins, harpoon or bow and arrow. Critically, the concept of the “public hunting grounds for pheasants” is replaced by “public hunting area for game birds.”

On the West coast, gun owners in California, new restrictions after Gov. Jerry Brown threaten signed a law that will ban the purchase of semi-automatic rifles with “evil features”.

The “evil features” pistol grip, flash hiders, and bullet-buttons, the make to remove the lighter and replace ammunition magazines. The Los Angeles Times reported an increase in gun purchases in the lead-up to the Jan. 1 implementation.

The gun measure is one of the few new California laws that do not have roots on the Desk of state Sen. Jerry Hill, the sponsor of 17 bills with effect in the new year. The laws run the gamut, such as the police store their weapons in their vehicles, the tour-bus, safety-restrictions on the use of water.

During the Congress itself is largely inactive, a new regulation from the Affordable Care Act and set to be effective Jan. last year 1, would have far-reaching effects throughout the country.

Under the change, States will have the possibility to search, to change the so-called section 1332, the exception permits to try, parts of ObamaCare for their residents. A number of States have tried to get, the process started even though the incoming Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress want repealed and replaced the law as a whole in the next year.

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