Jay is hopping mad over MADD's hopping mad initiative to react to the initiative to let the adults of the USA who can go to war also have a beer when they feel like it by lowering the drinking age from 21 back to 18. Like in Canada, the drinking age, however, is not a matter of Federal law and there are local variations. A few weeks ago, I mentioned how much I liked the law of Wisconsin which includes a prohibition with a very interesting exception at section (or title...I am not sure with the US) 125.07(1)(a)(1):
No person may procure for, sell, dispense or give away any alcohol beverages to any underage person not accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or spouse who has attained the legal drinking age.This is the height of civilization and a happy medium that more states might go to. It is one step farther than we find in Maine which doesn't allow minors to buy beer yet the bar on consuming liquor also does not reach into the family due to the exception for drinking "in a home in the presence of the minor's parent, legal guardian or custodian." This is in line with the law in Ontario which contains the following exception to the prohibition against supplying to a person under nineteen:
This section does not apply,The right of a parent to override state interference in the home appears to be to be the perfect answer even as an intermediate step. Why should the state get to tell me, a parent, when I can share good beer and wine with my kids...which I think should be well before some guy at a party or behind the bleachers decides the time is right.(a) to the supplying of liquor to a person under nineteen years of age in a residence as defined in section 31 or in a private place as defined in the regulations by a parent of the person or a person having lawful custody of the person; or
(b) to the consumption of liquor by a person who is supplied liquor in a manner described in clause (a), if the liquor is consumed at the place where it is supplied.