I grew up in NY in the 50's and 60's. Near the border with Connecticut. The drinking age in NY was 18. In Connecticut 21. The Connecticut 18-20 year olds would come to the bars on the NY side and get stupid sick drunk and often get killed driving home. The NY 18-20 year olds were mostly calm experienced drinkers, much less trouble.<quoted text>
Hmm, that's interesting. I thought it gave rise to a gangster class called The Kennedy's. Meh, I can't always be perfect.
As for pot and likening it to alcohol legalization, I think the real point is about social maturity. For example, kids in Germany can go into pubs at the age of 16. Surprisingly, or not, it does not lead to bars being destroyed in drunken fits of teen angst; they do not bolt on their tabs; and when the barkeep rings his little bell to let them know it's 11pm and they have to go, they get up, pay their tab, and they go. IOW, they behave in a mature fashion. We still have grown men,( let's say 40+ for the sake of argument ), in this country who think drinking themselves stupid is permission to do anything they please and behave like total morons. It's a mentality and maturity difference. That said, I'd STILL rather share the road with a car full of stoners than I would with a car full of drunks. The upside for someone like yourself, is you can always just sit back and watch the idiots ram each other to death which result in a more peaceful existence for the sober minded. It's a win-win.
Just goes to show, laws don't always work as intended. And prohibition never works.