Several new state laws went into effect yesterday, July 1. As far as I can tell, they’re mostly laws that will make Maryland a less fun place… except for Montgomery County, which will become slightly more exciting.
The long awaited ban on grain alcohol is now in effect, meaning that liquor like Everclear and other 190-proof spirits are no longer available in liquor stores. Thank god senior beach week is already over.
And while D.C. minimum wage workers are getting a raise to $9.50 an hour (on the way to $11.50 by July 2016). Remember all the hubbub about the Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014? Well, it’s going into effect verrrry slowly, and won’t even have any effect at all on workers’ paychecks this year; the first increase (from $7.25/hour to $8) won’t happen until January.
Here’s the happy news: you can now drink beer and/or wine in beauty salons in Montgomery County. What could go wrong?!