Two States May Drop the Legal Drinking Age to 18 Years Old
Voters in two states may soon have the choice to lower the legal drinking age of their state from twenty-one-years-old, to eighteen.
In 1984, the national drinking age of 21 was implemented, with the federal government stating that it would withhold highway funding to any state that did not comply. However, in 2012, when deliberating on Obamacare, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government could not withhold funds to states in a way to force them to follow their rules.
This has led a State Representative in Minnesota named Phyllis Kahn, to introduce two bills, with the intention of lowering the legal drinking age of her state. The first option would just flat drop the drinking age to 18 in bars and restaurants. The second, would allow a person under the age of 21 to drink in a bar and restaurant in they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse of legal drinking age.
In California, a gentleman by the name of Terrance Lynn, is collecting signatures in an attempt to get the drinking age added to the ballot. He needs to collet 365,880 signatures, according to Delish.com. However, if the "Obamacare loophole" that Representative Kahn in Minnesota is trying to take advantage of, is not found to be legitimate. California is at risk of loosing $200 million in highway funding from the Federal Government.
So what do you think? Some say that people over 18 have all the responsibilities of an adult, including enlisting in the military and voting. Why shouldn't they be allowed to drink. Others feel that it opens the door to even more alcohol abuse and a possible increase in drunk driving.