Light Bulb Ban Among 2014's 40K New Laws

Placentas, drones, pot also feature

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 1, 2014 7:23 AM CST

(Newser) – Most of the 40,000 new state, federal, and local laws that took effect at midnight are pretty dull but there are some doozies in there—including the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado, where over-21s will be able to walk into stores and buy weed for recreational toking starting this morning. Other highlights, as per the Atlantic and Time:

  • Light bulbs. Production of 40 and 60-watt incandescent bulbs is officially over as of today, marking another step in the switch to more efficient bulbs that began with the phasing out of 100 and 75-watt bulbs.

  • Drones. Illinois has moved to head off the use of unmanned aircraft in the state, restricting when law enforcement can use them to gather data and making it illegal for animal rights groups to use them to interfere with hunters or fishermen.
  • Voter registration. They're still too young to smoke the state's legal pot, but Colorado 16-year-olds will now be able to pre-register to vote when they get their drivers licenses—a law that actually makes it easier to vote, bucking the trend seen in numerous other states.
  • Shark fin. Delaware may not be a vital link in the shark fin trade, but the state has made it illegal to sell or distribute them there, a move aimed at protecting endangered shark species and ending the inhumane practice of finning.
  • Gun control. Measure introduced in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook school shooting will now take effect, including registration of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines. California has also tightened gun controls with new measures including a 5-year ban on firearms possession for anyone who makes serious threats of violence to psychotherapists.
  • Placentas. New mothers in Oregon are now allowed to bring their placentas home with them—for ritual burial or for food, depending on their culture.

Getting ready for recreational marijuana sales in Denver.
Getting ready for recreational marijuana sales in Denver.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Manager Nick Reynoza holds a 100-watt incandescent light bulb at Royal Lighting in Los Angeles.
Manager Nick Reynoza holds a 100-watt incandescent light bulb at Royal Lighting in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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