Bill allowing minors to serve alcohol now law in CNMI

10:05 am on 13 November 2019

A bill allowing minors to serve alcohol in the Northern Marianas has become law.

Red wine glass and glass of light beer

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The new law exempts business owners from punishment when allowing minors to serve or sell alcoholic beverages.

The law's author, Rep Joel Camacho, said the main intent was to remove a potential hiring bias that acts as a barrier for minors.

He added it would help many young individuals attain employment and gain valuable work experience as they save up to go to college or other life endeavours.

Mr Camacho also said if 18-year-olds were allowed to vote, then they should also be entrusted to work in establishments that served alcohol as long as they did not mix drinks.