Kids: Drink ’em if you got ’em, as long as you didn’t buy ’em

REAL NEWS  from  WIS10–Columbia:

A court ruling today suggests state law contains nothing that would make it illegal for many young people to own or use alcoholic beverages.

“This magistrate in Richland County has concluded that the statute that criminalizes possession and consumption is unconstitutional,” says attorney Joe McCulloch.

In a ruling issued Monday morning, Richland Co. Magistrate Mel Maurer sided with McCulloch, acting on behalf of a 20-year-old client ticketed March 9th for possession.

McCulloch argues Article 17, Section 14 of the state constitution conditionally gives those 18 and over the “full legal rights and responsibilities” of all other adults, with one exception — the General Assembly can restrict the sale of alcohol.

But that section of the constitution does not specifically address consumption or possession.

Read the rest at WIS10–Columbia

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