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By Jim Shilander

While Dana Point’s two-year old single-use plastic bag ban remains controversial, the state of California this week enacted the nation’s first statewide ban.

Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation banning single-use plastic bags statewide, after many localities, including Dana Point, and counties, including Los Angeles County, instituted local bans.

The state ban includes a similar “grace period” to allow small businesses more time to comply with the new law.

Larger grocery stores will have to comply by 2015, followed by pharmacies and convenience stores in 2016.

Without single use plastic bags, shoppers would be required to pay a small fee for use of paper bags or to use re-usable bags.

Following the signing, an effort was already underway to overturn the ban at the ballot box in 2016.

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