These new Louisiana laws on abortion, marriage, more take effect Thursday

People must be at least 16 years old to marry in Louisiana, medical marijuana patients can inhale cannabis and women seeking medication abortions face new restrictions, as more than 260 new state laws take effect Thursday.

Parents who scuffle with referees at children’s sport events face up to 90 days in jail and mandatory counseling if convicted of the new crime of harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official.

Animal shelters can’t take in stray or unwanted animals solely to euthanize them for research facilities or sell animals for research or experimentation.

Louisiana agencies can’t deny or revoke an occupational license when someone falls behind on student loan repayments.

Lawmakers passed the measures in the regular legislative session that ended in June. If legislators don’t specify a start date, new laws begin each August.


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