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Pedal pubs among new state laws taking effect January 1

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A host of new state laws will take effect around the country on New Year's Day.

They include the approval of "pedal pubs" in Wisconsin -- in which a number of partiers can drink on a bicycle-powered vehicle as they pedal their way from bar to bar.  

Milwaukee had a pedal pub in the downtown Water Street district until the city said it was against state law. Legislators spoke up for the partiers -- and by mid-November, both houses had approved pedal pubs in communities that choose to allow them.  

Governor Scott Walker later signed the measure.  

Meanwhile, neighboring Illinois will become the 20th state legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, it might take more than a year for patients to buy the pot.  

State agencies must still write the exact rules, and have a legislative committee approve them.

Wisconsin lawmakers have been asked for years to allow medical marijuana -- but legislatures controlled by both major parties have not seriously considered it. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)