The Del Mar City Council may pass an ordinance holding adults responsible if they give teenagers alcohol or drugs, according to a recent news article posted by local CBS affiliate KFMB.
The ordinance, known as a “social host ordinance,” prohibits adults from providing intoxicating substances like drugs or alcohol to minors. A person convicted of violating the ordinance may face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. According to Del Mar’s city attorney, the ordinance is intended to curb teen drinking by limiting minors’ access to alcohol. Several other California cities have already passed similar ordinances prohibiting adults from providing alcohol or drugs to adolescents.