Alcohol

Legal for a person younger than 18 to possess?
no
Legal for a person ages 18 – 20 to possess?
no
Can I legally provide this substance to my own child if he or she is younger than 18?
Yes, in certain situations*
Can another adult legally provide this substance to my child if my child is younger than 21?
no

Marijuana

Legal for a person younger than 18 to possess?
no
Legal for a person ages 18 – 20 to possess?
Only with Medical Marijuana card
Can I legally provide this substance to my own child if he or she is younger than 18?
no
Can another adult legally provide this substance to my child if my child is younger than 21?
Only if child is 18+ and has medical marijuana card.

Prescription Pills

Legal for a person younger than 18 to possess?
Only as prescribed
Legal for a person ages 18 – 20 to possess?
Only as prescribed
Can I legally provide this substance to my own child if he or she is younger than 18?
Only if prescribed for your child
Can another adult legally provide this substance to my child if my child is younger than 21?
Only a licensed pharmacist

Tobacco

Legal for a person younger than 18 to possess?
no
Legal for a person ages 18 – 20 to possess?
Yes
Can I legally provide this substance to my own child if he or she is younger than 18?
no
Can another adult legally provide this substance to my child if my child is younger than 21?
Only if a child is 18+

Illicit Drugs

Legal for a person younger than 18 to possess?
no
Legal for a person ages 18 – 20 to possess?
no
Can I legally provide this substance to my own child if he or she is younger than 18?
no
Can another adult legally provide this substance to my child if my child is younger than 21?
no

*A child younger than 21 may only legally consume alcohol on private property, with the property owner's permission, and under direct supervision of that child's parent or guardian.

Federal Student Aid for College

A conviction for unlawful use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications or other drugs can affect your child’s ability to use student loans to pay for college. Your child may not be eligible to collect federal loans or may have to pay back funds used. For more information, go to studentaid.ed.gov.