Bill on Gov. Snyder’s desk would make underage drinking a civil infraction
A bill introduced by Michigan Republican lawmaker Rick Jones from Grand Ledge is waiting for Governor Rick Snyder's signature. WLNS.com reports that a bill to lower penalties for underage drinking has passed both the state House and Senate. Current law punishes first time offenders with a misdemeanor for being a minor in possession of alcohol. The new law will decriminalize a first offense to a civil infraction.
In a nutshell, Jones says kids will be kids and shouldn't be punished for life for making one mistake. It's good to point out that repeat offenders will face somewhat stiffer penalties. But, apparently Jones thinks it's more socially acceptable for kids to drink than for Michigan's voter-approved Medical Marihuana Act to include safe sale of weed through dispensaries and distribution specialists. Ironic, ain't it, Doc?