Other new laws taking effect
Child sex abuse Extends the time limit for filing a civil suit over being sexually abused as a child to 20 years after the victim becomes an adult or three years after the abuser is criminally convicted. The current limit is seven years after reaching adulthood. Antibiotic effectiveness Restricts the use of antibiotics in farm animals to cases where a veterinarian judges it necessary. Purpose is to keep the drugs effective for human use. Marijuana possession Allows people convicted of marijuana possession to seek expungement of the charge from their record four years after completing their sentence rather than 10. Vehicle homicide Increases the maximum penalty for killing someone with a motor vehicle or a boat while impaired by drugs from three years in prison to five. Unlicensed barbers Eliminates criminal penalties of $100 fine and up to 30 days in jail for barbering without a license. The misdemeanor charges are virtually never enforced and civil penalties remain. Foreign campaign donations Prohibits foreign interests from making campaign contributions to a political committee contesting a ballot issue and from making independent expenditures on such a campaign. Internet lottery sales Bars the Maryland Lottery from allowing sales of tickets over the internet.