Vice Squad
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Colorado To Lower Drinking Age!!!

Sure, there will be some conditions. One is that the underage drinker must spit out the wine after tasting it.

The problem, it seems, is culinary schools, which have students under the age of 21 but that also require some wine tasting as part of the curriculum. According to this article in Wine Spectator Online, the state of Colorado might come to the rescue of the culinary schools: "Senate Bill 82, introduced by Sen. Ken Kester (R) [and passed by the State Senate], would allow students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are enrolled in accredited culinary programs to sample wines -- as long as they spit them out after tasting." I wouldn't want the job of verifying that all of the wine was, er, returned.

It turns out that other states already have the culinary school exception! Maybe we can look for some similar exceptions in other areas of vice laws: how about allowing medical marijuana to sick people if they promise not to inhale?

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