Would you believe that in the state of Arizona, you could be sentenced to 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus? Or that in North Carolina, it is illegal to sing off-key? Both of these surprising bits of information are true! In fact, there are many more strange laws like these two examples that, despite being put into place long ago, are still active in states across the country today. In the following infographic, we’ll highlight the strange laws that exist in various states around the country—like in Maryland, where it is illegal to mistreat oysters, or in Ohio, where it is illegal to get a fish drunk. You’ll also find information about whether or not these peculiar laws are still being enforced, why they were created in the first place, and why they are still around today.


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Matt Faustman

Matt Faustman

Matt is the co-founder and CEO at UpCounsel. Matt believes in the power of online platforms to change antiquated ways of life and founded UpCounsel to make legal services efficiently accessible. He is responsible for our overall vision and growth of the UpCounsel platform. Before founding UpCounsel, Matt practiced as a startup and business attorney.

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