As teens become legal adults, finally reaching the age of eighteen, many responsibilities and opportunities come with completing another year of life. Being able to vote, get a tattoo, move out of your parent’s house and buy tobacco substances. Along with all these considerable positives there comes negatives that if you get in trouble with the legal system, it goes on your permanent record. Farther on in your years of life, another milestone is turning twenty one, reaching the legal age to buy and consume alcohol beverages. A new trend of juuling is on the rise and many students from middle school to high school take part in the latest craze. Juuls are a type of vaporizer designed so discreetly that most people don’t realize they are e-cigarettes. They’re small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and are charged in a USB slot, making it easy for students to pass them off as flash drives. Pods come in many flavors such as mango and cool cucumber. The only catch to juuling is you have to be of the legal adult age to buy these products. Minors ask their older friends to buy them these tobacco products. Although most 18 year olds don’t mind buying nicotine for their underage friends, if they were caught by venders or persons of authority, the penalties could affect someone’s record. Providing to minors is considered a class 2 petty offence and you receive a fine of two hundred dollars. Not just nicotine and tobacco products, but some twenty one year olds also provide alcohol for minors. Partying is very common among high school and college students and nine times out of ten there is alcohol at these “get togethers.” The consequences of buying this specific substance for the underage is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to four thousand dollars, confinement in jail for up to a year, or both. Not only is alcohol common but with weed being legalized in the state of Colorado for recreational use, buying marijuana for minor is common too. The penalties for buying weed for minors is also considered a class A misdemeanor and a fine anywhere from five hundred to five thousand dollar fine with jail time anywhere from six to eighteen months. Even if the people might just pay the fine and continue on with buying and providing for minors, it could affect someone’s future. If a college or future job was to see this on your record, you could be denied the opportunity that others would have. Having this offence on your record will stay with you for the rest of your life. Think before you act, especially when it’s breaking the law.
Story by Lauren Haviland