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Whether you own a dog, are getting married or are a sports fan-- laws that will impact you in 2022

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Dec 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 04:11:24-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As we move into 2022, 7 Eyewitness News is breaking down some new New York State laws that will impact you and your family. Here's what's changing as the clock strikes midnight and throughout the year:

New marijuana legislation:
This may be one of the biggest changes in 2022. New York State has approved the sale of marijuana. Communities across the state have until the end of 2021 to opt in or out of allowing retail sites and/or consumption sites. Areas that don't make a decision will be automatically opted in, and only places that opt in will get a cut of the tax revenue. It's expected to be a big business for areas that take part.

Recreational Marijuana
Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she rolls a joint in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser defied threats from Congress by implementing a voter-approved initiative on Thursday, making the city the only place east of the Mississippi River where people can legally grow and share marijuana in private. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

"I don't know of any community where they've opened a dispensary- and people know about it being open for adult use, that there were not lines around that facility when it was open," said NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Right now it's legal to posses marijuana in New York. Eventually, you'll be able to buy it from dispensaries. That won't happen once the clock strikes midnight, however. A control board was recently appointed by Governor Hochul, and The Office of Cannabis Management will oversee the licensing, production, sale and distribution of marijuana in the state, which will take time to set up.

"I think some of this could be ready by the spring," explained Peoples-Stokes. "This will be a very litigious piece of policy. There's always going to be some legal question about it."

Are you getting married?

This next law could impact you if you plan to rent a limo for your big day.

Starting in 2022, all stretch limos in New York State need to have a seatbelt in the back for every passenger.

If not, they won't be allowed on the road.

Do you have a dog? What breed is it?

Did you know that insurance companies have been able to charge more for your homeowners insurance based on the breed of dog you own?

It's typically impacted people who own Pit Bulls, Rotweillers and German Shepherds, and some people have actually had to surrender their dogs because they couldn't afford higher rates. That changes in 2022.

"What this will do is it will say to insurance companies, you can no longer say to the homeowner, 'we're not going to insure you or we're going to raise your rates if you want to keep that dog. So the choice is get rid of the dog or pay higher premiums,'" explained Libby Post from the NYS Animal Protection Federation.

Post went on to say that in 2022, the NYS Animal Protection Federation is hoping to have similar legislation pass for renters.

Are you a fan of sports?

Get ready to place your bets! Mobile sports betting becomes legal in New York this year.

Broadband privacy rules approved despite industry pushback

In this Feb. 25, 2014, file photo, a Samsung Galaxy S5 is demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. A new privacy proposal up for a vote in October 2016 will require broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast to get your permission before sharing with advertisers the websites or apps you’ve been using on your phone or computer. The Federal Communication Commission plans to vote on it Oct. 27. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

So far, nine mobile sports books will be allowed to launch in the state, but they're still setting up framework. Experts say we could see some launch before the Super Bowl in mid February.