Ballot Initiative to Lower the Drinking Age in Washington

Dustin Reischman, a student at Washington State University, has launched a ballot initiative to lower the drinking age in his state from 21 to 19. He told Leah Ward of the Yakima Herald-Republic that he thinks Legal Age 21 is not working very well: “It seems like the way we are addressing the alcohol culture, trying to push it under the rug, is actually creating more problems…my hope is that people become more responsible with their alcohol consumption,” he said.

To earn a place on the November ballot, Reischman and his supporters will need to gather approximately 300,000 signatures by July 2. Check out The Stranger for more information on the initiative, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

One Response to “Ballot Initiative to Lower the Drinking Age in Washington”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s good that Dustin Reischman is gathering signatures for a referendum to lower the drinking age to 19, although the referendum would be better if its purpose is to lower the drinking age to 18. British Columbia, bordering Washington, has a drinking age of 19 so it would equalize them both if the referendum passes. To instill alcohol responsibility to those 18-20, education and licensing is important.