Now Before I get flamed two things
one: if this is the wrong forum I am very sorry Not sure where this should go, possibly my story? Bully pulpit? I'm a newb at thread creating.
*bows* Please forgive oh great ATS masters
two: I'm not a teenager who thinks we should be allowed to drink 24/7. But rather observing a new trend, and want to have a discussion about it if
Anyways, First I would like to tell my story. It begins with my birthday and going to the liquor store, as I am a young adult in university and as
such there is often drinking. I am from Canada, specifically Ontario where the legal age is 19, however you are an adult at 18. As I walk in to the
LCBO (the liquor store) I grab what I need, ask where this alcohol I had never drank or heard of before and where it was. At the time I was with my
best friends one of which is not of age yet (3 months), but comes from a very traditional European family and has been drinking wine and liqueur for
I needed them to pick up some stuff at the store so they stepped outside to get that while I paid. It is then that this story takes a weird turn. As
I'm about to pay the cashier asks if I have ID and if the people who were with me have ID as well and if they could come back. I said well they just
went to the grocery store, so no. Without even giving a glance at my ID she abruptly stated an obscure law that is called underage by association. She
denies letting me buy the alcohol stating that she cannot sell me the alcohol and that I will have to leave and go to another store because I
potentially could sell this alcohol to minors, and that I am by association underage unless those who were with me present legitimate photo ID
recognized by the LCBO (passport, of age card OR license with photo and birth date).
So before you judge me hear me out, I get that there are people out there who do but this law is applied at cashier's discretion. Meaning even a
parent can be denied alcohol if they are with their child. This to me seems a bit outrageous. It seems to me that laws on certain items are becoming
so strict that its becoming nearly impossible to obtain it.
Medicines are just as bad. Cough syrup is now becoming harder to obtain and in some cases cough syrup is being diluted in order to remain over the
counter. Why because there are drug addicts and alcoholics.
Another example that's been floating around is the laws on organic and raw foods. What is our world coming to that we must be coddled and helped to
make good choices. What happened to the days of live and learn?
So now that I am done explaining through my little rant I want to know:
-Do you think laws are becoming to harsh on "potentially" dangerous Items?
-Do you support these laws? Why or why not?
-Why are governments trying to stop alcohol and drug sales (legal) rather than educate and let people make their own choices? Should they do this?
*for this question I do realize that more drugs are being prescribed now but, I am a legit user of high dose pain killers due to chronic migraines
before you say try natural, I have