Fifty States of Inebriation

Each state has its own relationship and regulations for intoxicants. After prohibition, the drinking laws were different in each state. A highway bill passed by the feds standardized things like the drinking age and began a trend of sameness that takes some of the fun out of drinking your way across the country.

Luckily, the states have decided to buck the boring blanket of restrictions the feds think we need. We have a new landscape of dope laws to entertain us. Two states have legalized marijuana and several more have some kind of medical marijuana option. In the coming years, we are going to see states experimenting with new laws and regulations as the country staggers down the road to embracing intoxicants.

We have collected what we can find about the laws about intoxicants in each state. What we can use is your stories about adventures with the law in your state. Click on the comments link to tell us what you have run into.

Things are changing fast for legalized marijuana in the United States. To help you keep track of where we are, check out this article:



Before legalization, the percentage of stoners was the 7th highest in the country (13.32%).


Colorado had to change the 420 mile markers to 419.99 mile markers because people kept stealing them.


Colorado also has the 7th highest percentage of drinkers (58.78%). By law, you have to be a big drinker in Colorado. Wine must be in bottles of at least 24 ounces and spirits must be in bottles larger than a 5th of a gallon. The only exception is for hotel minibars which cannot include anything larger than the little airplane bottles.


Colorado is number one in beer production.



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