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Question on Alcohol Laws...

 
 
MrIVI
 
Reply Mon 18 Apr, 2011 04:36 am
I was just reading through someone's summary of:

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984

“The legal age for alcohol in the USA is 21 years old. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age to 21. States that did not comply faced a reduction in highway funds under the Federal Highway Aid Act. The U.S. Department of Transportation has determined that all states are in compliance with this act. The national law specifically prohibits purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages. It does not prohibit persons under 21 (also called youth or minors) from drinking. The term "public possession" is strictly defined and does not apply to possession for the following:

* An established religious purpose, when accompanied by a parent, spouse or legal guardian age 21 or older
* Medical purposes when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital or medical institution
* In private clubs or establishments
* In the course of lawful employment by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer.” 1 (Emphasis in original. Conspicuously not emphasized is the significant fact that “the law does not prohibit persons under 21 (also called youth or minors) from drinking.”


Anyway, I'm curious why then is it not legal to for a minor to purchase or have a drink purchased for that minor in a club or a bar?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 18 Apr, 2011 04:48 am
@MrIVI,
MrIVI wrote:
Anyway, I'm curious why then is it not legal to for a minor to purchase
or have a drink purchased for that minor in a club or a bar?
The rationale was that kids were allegedly running amuk,
or more precisely: were DRIVING cars amuk,
allegedly inflicting DISPROPORTIONATE fatalities upon the rest of the population,
while drunken driving on the nation's highways n byways
and that this was a defensive strategy to mitigate the carnage.

Still, I resent government using our taxes
to bribe State governments to screw us out of our freedom.

I do not believe that is a Constitutional thing to do.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Mon 18 Apr, 2011 12:05 pm
@MrIVI,
Your source is right that the federal law doesn't prohibit persons under 21 from drinking, but it's wrong when it says that that the "national law specifically prohibits purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages." It doesn't. It merely withholds federal funds from states that don't enact such prohibitions. The statute defines "alcoholic beverage," but it doesn't define "public possession." It would be the job of the states to define what it means to "publicly possess" an alcoholic beverage.
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