Alcohol and Drugs
In the U.S., you must be 21 years of age in
order to purchase alcohol. All establishments that serve alcohol will ask for
identification with proof of age before serving alcohol to anyone. Typically,
ID cards are accepted, however you may be asked to show a passport in order to
purchase alcohol. Purchasing and/or providing alcohol to people below the age
of 21 is also illegal.
Marijuana is legal according to state law
in 5 states, and the District of Columbia. It is still illegal federally. That
means that federal agents can still detain you for use, possession, or sale of
marijuana. Before purchasing, selling, or consuming marijuana in any form, review
all laws and regulations in your relevant jurisdiction. For more information,
visit the White House’s official page on marijuana.
Possession, use, or sale of any other type
of drug is illegal in the U.S. If caught with any type of drug (prescription
medication aside) you can face heavy criminal penalties.
For information on the extent of consular
assistance, see this link.
You can find the contact information for
all Spanish Consulates in the U.S. here.
For further information on Safety and Security while travelling in the U.S., see our Travel Recommendations page.