Pot, guns and paparazzi for 2014

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December 30, 2013

Pot, guns and paparazzi for 2014

New laws run the gamut across the US in the coming year

By The Associated Press

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:

In this Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, actress Halle Berry urges lawmakers to support a bill that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph children of celebrities and public figures, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The bill, by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, was approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is one of the more than 800 new laws to take effect Jan. 1.

The Associated Press


COLORADO, MAINE AND WASHINGTON: Colorado pot stores open Jan. 1 as retailers usher in the nation’s first legal recreational pot industry. Sales in Washington, which also legalized recreational marijuana, are expected to start later in the year. The laws still fly in the face of federal drug rules, but the federal government has said it’s not going to fight to shut down pot shops for now. A law legalizing recreational marijuana went into effect in early December in Portland, Maine, but it’s largely symbolic because the state has said it will continue to enforce its own ban.

ILLINOIS: It becomes the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana in a pilot

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