WASHINGTON — The new year brings a host of state laws that take effect starting Monday, from making marijuana more accessible to requiring paid family leave.
Retail sales of marijuana for recreational use are now legal in California. Adults over 21 in the nation’s most populous state can buy it in cities that agree to make it available.
The rules are strict. The marijuana must be sold in sealed, child-resistant packages. Shops must close by 10 p.m. And the supply chain will be more heavily regulated than under previous laws allowing the sale of medical marijuana.
At this early stage, “roll out is slow, and only a handful of cities are participating,” says Paul Armentano of the pro-marijuana group NORML. The early joiners are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.
Some advocates of the new law estimate that taxes on marijuana sales could eventually bring California as much as $1 billion a year.
Starting Monday, Oregon bans the sale of cigarettes to anyone under 21, including e-cigarettes, known as vapes. It’s the fourth state to adopt such a