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Loopholes In the Law - Underage Substance Use - June 20th 2009, 04:29 AM

I am not sure how the system for dealing with underage substance users works in the US, but here in Canada, I think we have it a bit screwed up.

It IS illegal for underage individuals to purchase cigarettes and alchohol, HOWEVER it is NOT illegal for them to consume these substances.

Why is this? Why are we turning a blind eye while our youth side-step the legal system which is meant to be protecting them from potentially harmful substances?

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Re: Loopholes In the Law - Underage Substance Use - June 20th 2009, 05:33 AM

It's illegal alright over here. If you look underage, cops will make you put out cigarettes etc.
I don't know why that law is the way it is...it makes no sense! Obviously, minors can get these substances without purchasing them..



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Re: Loopholes In the Law - Underage Substance Use - June 20th 2009, 03:53 PM

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It's illegal alright over here. If you look underage, cops will make you put out cigarettes etc.
I don't know why that law is the way it is...it makes no sense! Obviously, minors can get these substances without purchasing them..
Well at least your system's got it right. lol.
   
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Re: Loopholes In the Law - Underage Substance Use - June 20th 2009, 10:42 PM

In the US it depends on the state. Purchasing tobacco (under 18 or 19) and alcohol (under 21) is illegal in all states, but the use of those substances is not always. For example, in Washington, D.C., I'm pretty sure it is still that way.

That said, it's just the way the law was written: poorly. They are accidental loopholes. I mean, if buying tobacco as or for a minor is illegal AND selling tobacco to a minor is illegal, how many ways are there for young people to LEGALLY get these substances? But once they have them, there is no way to prove when/where/how they got them, etc, so there is nothing the law can do. If that made any sense to anyone other than me.



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