Does Irish or Canadian citizenship affect the legal drinking age of an individual in the US?

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Does Irish or Canadian citizenship affect the legal drinking age of an individual in the US?

If a 20 year old person can legally possess alcohol in Ireland or Canada, is that person breaking the law by drinking in America?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

Kelly Broadbent / Broadbent & Taylor

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The citizenship of an individual does not change the laws of the United States.  If a person is a citizen of Canada where the drinking age is 18, and that person comes to Massachusetts, they are bound by the same laws as a United State Citizen, who is not legally permitted to drink until he or she reaches the age of 21.


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