By NICK YAMASHITA
Moapa Valley Progress
The first of every year always seems to mark the beginnings of new things. Many try to start off on a new foot and set resolutions for life. These new beginnings are met with excitement and inspired motivation.
However, there are some new changes that people are not always ecstatic about and that can includes new laws that have taken effect.
This will be a simple summary of new laws regarding Nevada, especially Southern Nevada and Clark County. These laws are already in full swing and enforceable.
Among the most notable is the new federal regulation concerning the sale of cigarettes and tobacco. On Dec. 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which raised the federal minimum age for the sale and purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21.
“This makes the nation more unified as 19 states have already done this before,” stated representatives of the Food and Drug Administration.
An informal survey conducted among local residents showed reactions about this new law to be split.
The survey performed resulted in a majority of people agreeing with the changes. About 92% of those were 21 years of age or older. A minority of people disagreed with the new law. Not surprisingly, all of these were ages 20 or under.
Nevada also became the first state in the United States to pass legislation regarding employment and marijuana use which went into effect on January 1. According to Assembly Bill 132, if job seekers test positive for marijuana during the hiring process, employers can no longer deny them from a job on that information alone.
However, there are certain stipulations in place especially concerning the amount of substance found in the drug test. Also, the new law