Possession of Alcohol by Minors
 
Possession
by Minors
 
EXCEPTIONS
Employment 
Student 
Religious
Services
 
Medical
Treatment
 
Parent/
Guardian/
Custodian Consent/
Presence
Spouse
Consent/
Presence
 
Any Private
Location
 
Private
Residence
 
Only Minor's/
Parent's/
Guardian's Home
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Enforce-ment
 
Alabama
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alaska
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arizona
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arkansas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
California13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colorado14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
District of Columbia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Florida
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Georgia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hawaii
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Idaho16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Illinois17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indiana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kansas18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kentucky
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louisiana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maryland19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Massachusetts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Michigan20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minnesota
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mississippi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nebraska
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nevada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Hampshire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Jersey21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New York
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North Dakota
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ohio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oklahoma
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oregon22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pennsylvania
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhode Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Dakota
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tennessee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Texas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Utah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vermont
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Virginia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Washington
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
West Virginia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wyoming23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
State Totals
51 
45 
6 
18 
14 
33 
9 
10 
7 
4 
9 

13California's exception allows possession when a minor is making a delivery by order of a parent, relative, or another adult designated by the parent.

14Colorado's exception requires the knowledge and consent of the owner of the private property when minors possess or consume alcohol (in addition to the consent or presence of a parent or guardian). Also, it is an affirmative defense to illegal possession or consumption that existence of ethyl alcohol in a minor's body is due solely to ingested confectionery or a beverage that contained less than 0.5 percent of ethyl alcohol by weight.

15Delaware's exception includes “members of the same family” and allows possession or consumption in the “private home of any of said members.”

16Idaho's exception allows possession of beer or wine when the minor is making a delivery by order of his or her parent.

17Illinois's exception allows minors to purchase or possess if they are part of a licensee's “sting operation.”

18Kansas's exception allows minors to “violate the provisions of the Kansas Liquor Control Act” if they are under the direction of a licensee's self-compliance program.

19Maryland's exception allows possession or consumption of alcohol by minors if an adult member of their immediate family allows it.

20Michigan's exception allows minors to “purchase or receive” alcohol as a part of an undercover operation by direction of an employer.

21New Jersey's exception allows possession or consumption of alcohol by minors with the permission of and in the presence of a relative 21 years or older.

22Oregon's exception indicates that its prohibitions do not apply to minors who are acting under the direction of a licensee for the purpose of investigating possible violations by the licensee's employees of laws prohibiting sales to minors.

23Wyoming's exception allows a minor licensee to possess alcohol.

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