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First Missouri Initiative to Lower Drinking Age (2008)

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The First Missouri Initiative to Lower Drinking Age is an initiated state statute that did not qualify for the ballot.

If it had made the ballot, and if voters had approved it, it would have:

  • lowered the legal age for the manufacture, sale, supply, purchase, possession and consumption of alcohol from twenty-one years of age to eighteen years of age
  • removed the age limit to sell or handle liquor or beer
  • revised related criminal penalties consistent with the lower legal age

The Missouri 18 To Drink campaign concluded it couldn't collect the 100,000 signatures needed by May.


  • Mr. Michael Mikkelsen

It has been noted that drinking ages should be the right of the states to set-not federal issue. Other states running a similar initiaitve include: Kentucky, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) led opposition to the measure. "We welcome the attention to the drinking age," says MADD CEO Chuck Hurley. "The data is in fact overwhelming."[1]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says laws setting the drinking age at 21 have cut traffic fatalities involving drivers ages 18-20 by 13%.

Also, according to a federal mandate, 10% of the states federal highway funds would be revoked if the drinking age is lowered.

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