WASHINGTON, December 30, 2017: As we begin the New Year on January 1, 2018, a number of important new laws on the state and local level will go into effect across the country. These new 2018 laws run the gamut from marijuana use, to minimum wage increases more stringent gun-related regulations.
2018’s New Laws New Laws: Marijuana Usage
California is scheduled to open the doors of their cannabis market on Monday, January 1 at 6 a.m. Residents 21 years and older will be able to legally purchase up to an ounce of marijuana. They can also purchase a maximum of 8 grams of cannabis concentrates.
California joins Maine and Massachusetts, both of which allow legal recreational pot use this year, bringing the total of legal marijuana states to eight.
Looking ahead, residents of Maine must wait until July to start smoking marijuana in that state.
New Laws: Minimum Wage
New laws adjusting various state and local minimum wages will become effective in 2018.
Employees in several states will see an increase in the minimum wage. A total of 10 states will begin