LANSING (WTVB) - Some of the new laws taking effect with the New Year include Colorado’s legalization of Marijuana for Recreational use. Sales are reportedly brisk. There is a new ban on teens using tanning salons in Illinois. In Michigan, counties now have a template to follow to set up their own mental health courts, thanks to a set of bills signed by the Lt. Governor earlier this week.The goal of the specialty court is to divert the mentally ill into treatment programs where they can get help, instead of prison where they become an expensive and disruptive burden on the system. There are already 19 counties with the specialty courts, although Branch County is not one of them.
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