The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that minors who cross the border to drink legally in Canada cannot be charged under the state's minor-in-posssession law when they return to Michigan.

"We conclude that minors who legally ingest alcohol in a jurisdiction outside Michigan and then return to Michigan with alcohol in their bodies have not violated the minor-in-possession statute," the court held.

Good decision. Otherwise any minor in Michigan could have been charged with possession of alcohol, because all minors always have alcohol in their bodies. That's because evey living human produces alcohol twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. And they do it from shortly after birth until shortly after death. Producing alcohol is a natural human biological process than can't be outlawed.


  • Adapted from Join Together Online (, 3-19-2002.