New Laws in 2017 Present an Unclear Future in California
Each year represents a new dawn for many people in the world. For some, it shows the end of a great deal of good moments. For others, it presents many windows of opportunity. The year of 2016 has definitely seen many things over its course.
While some people will be glad to see it end, others will take the time reflect on the many events that happened this year. Still, the new year of 2017 is right at our door step, bringing with it many new changes including new laws for California, giving an unclear view as to what will be coming in our new year.
Among many of the changes coming in this new year, one of them is the fact that Donal Trump, America's President Elect for the next four years, has allowed for a broader legalizaiton of marijuana. According to Fox News, revelers in Massachusetts and California will now be presented with the legal option of pairing their glass of champagne with a joint, or marijuana cigarette.
Further more, voters in November that approved it have allowed for recreational marijuana usage had taken effect on December 15. Though it allows for legal personal usage of the drug in California shortly after it was approved, retail salers are still months away from preparation.
Another major change making its way into 2017, according to the New York Times, is the increase in minimum wage. With an increase of 50 cents, California's minimum wage goes from $10.00 to $10.50, allowing for a total of 29 states in the District of Columbia to now have minimum wages above the federal base of $7.25 an hour.
On top of that, the following have been included in the list of changes coming with the new year: a strict policy forbidding the holding of phones behind the wheel for any reason, tougher sentencing for the Brock Turner case, stricter gun control and the ability for barbershops and salons to serve alcoholic beverages as a form of complimentary alcohol while the customers spend their time there. All these changes and more are sure to approach in the upcoming new year.