The new year has arrived and with it comes new Oregon laws.
Here is a list of 7 new laws and how they may affect you:
Marijuana legalization: The consumption and cultivation of Marijuana will become legal in Oregon on July 1.
Households will be able to have a maximum of 8 ounces of marijuana and up to four plants. Individuals can carry up to 1 ounce with them.
The sale of marijuana will remain illegal until early 2016 when the Oregon Liquor Control Commission issues licenses to retailers.
Homes: Starting today sellers of foreclosed homes that may have been used to manufacture methamphetamine will be required to tell buyers that the property could contain toxic residue prior to sale.
Alcohol and minors: Starting today anyone who consumes alcohol under the age of 21 will not be prosecuted for possession if they seek medical attention for their self or others.
The new law does not shield minors from other offenses, such as driving while intoxicated or possessing illegal drugs.
Minimum wage: Oregon minimum wage is set to increase to $9.25 an hour. According to The Statesman Journal this will put $312 extra dollars in the pockets of full-time workers.
Concealed weapon permit: Starting today Oregon residents who were convicted of minor marijuana offenses in other states will now be able to obtain concealed carry permits.
According to The Statesman journal this law gets rid of inconsistency in past regulations, which allowed residents with minor, in-state convictions to obtain permits but not those convicted in another state.
Charitable organizations: A new law has set a clear punishment for Nonprofit organizations submitting false information.
House Bill 4081 increases the amount of civil penalties the Department of Justice can tax from $1,000 to $2,000, which now includes the submission of falsified documents.
The DOJ also plans to finish a bill passed in 2013 that allows it to disqualify charities if they spend less than 30 percent of their donations on their stated cause.
Children of volunteers: Starting today, if emergency reserve or volunteer personnel are killed or disabled in the line of duty, their children will be eligible for college scholarships.
The bill, the Rob Libke Scholarship Act, provides a four-year scholarship to a public university, or an equal amount to a private university. The scholarship is funded through the Oregon Student Access Commission’s deceased or disabled public-safety officer grant program.