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These new laws in Maryland, DC and Virginia take effect July 1

New laws are going into effect on July 1, like the legal age to purchase tobacco products is going from 18 to 21.

WASHINGTON — July 1st is the start of new laws in the District, Maryland and Virginia. 

In Virginia, children need to ride in rear facing car seats until the age of two or they meet a height requirement. Then when it comes to smoking or using other tobacco products, Virginians must now be 21.

RELATED: New Virginia laws go into effect July 1

In the District, minimum wage increases go up to $14 an hour, on its way to $15 an hour next year. Now, businesses that continue to use plastic straws will now be fined.

In Maryland, there’s a new ban on food products. There will be no more foam cups or food containers. Maryland also created the first state oversight committee to bring down the costs of prescription drugs.

Check here for a full list of the new laws to go in effect July 1.

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