Campaign to lower drinking age incites passions

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SAN DIEGO -- Should adults be allowed to drink starting age 18?

One California man says yes -- and he's hoping to change the state's drinking law next year.

The man behind the proposed ballot initiative, Bay Area resident Terrance Lynn, says 18-year-olds are adults and they should have every burden and privilege adults have.

The initiative to lower the legal drinking limit to 18 has been cleared to begin collecting signatures according to the California Secretary's of State's Office.

Recovering alcoholic Jerry Hall of KeepIt21.com started drinking at age 15 and hopes the initiative fails.

"You're going to end up with more drunk drivers. You're going to end up with more kids in detox and in recovery homes. You're going to end up with much higher costs to society. It's just not worth it for the few million you can get in revenue from alcohol," said Hill.

The youngest voters FOX 5 spoke to had mixed feelings.

"I feel like by lowering the age to drinking at 18 -- it would just cause more problems," said SDSU freshman Alyssa Reid.

"I think it's a great idea. I think a lot of kids are 18 and still drink anyways," said SDSU student Jordan Hurwitz.

Lynn's proposed ballot initiative has six more months to get about 360,000 signatures. If it does, it will be on next November's election ballot.

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