Multiple laws went into effect during the 4th of July weekend - here are a few

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Several laws were enacted this past 4th of July weekend - from laws that criminalize the act of leaving your pet unattended in a hot car, to financial educational assistance to students coming from low income families.

In addition to those laws, it is now legal to collect rain water off the rooftop of single family homes. You can now set up rain barrels to catch the water for non-potable, or non-drinking use. The law also authorizes remote guzzlers with a capacity of 20,000 gallons or less for wildlife in a capture area of no more than an acre, and with a piping system no longer than a quarter mile.

Also, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender veterans and service members will receive assistance from the Department of Veterans Services to upgrade the narrative of their discharge. The law prohibits denial of eligibility based solely on their sexual orientation for any program or benefit to which they may be otherwise entitled.

And finally, the law that so many people were waiting for – the legalization of recreational marijuana. Recreational users can now legally purchase marijuana from dispensaries. Marijuana can be smoked in the privacy of your own home, however you must be at least 21 years old to purchase it, and it is still illegal to smoke it in public, or drive under the influence of marijuana.

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