Bars and stores often ask for photo ID to prove you are of legal drinking age (i.e. 21 or over). Being ‘carded’ is standard practice; don’t take it personally. The sale of alcohol is subject to local government regulations; some counties prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday, after midnight or before breakfast. In ‘dry’ counties, alcohol sales are banned altogether.
In all states, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offence, subject to stiff fines and even imprisonment.
Recreational drugs are prohibited by federal and state laws. Some states, such as California and Alaska, treat possession of small quantities of marijuana as a misdemeanour, though it is still punishable with fines and/or imprisonment.
Possession of any illicit drug, including cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, heroin, hashish or more than 1oz of pot, is a felony potentially punishable by lengthy jail sentences. For foreigners, conviction of any drug offence is grounds for deportation.
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