Town of Canton, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Canton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-13-1975 by Ord. No. 123]

§ 179-1 Prohibited acts; penalties for offenses.

[Amended 12-14-2011]
It shall be unlawful for any person to be in possession of any alcoholic beverage, as defined in § 179-4 of this chapter, while on the premises on any or all of the property under the supervision of the Board of Education and used for school purposes. Any person who violates or fails to comply with the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine of $150 for each offense.

§ 179-2 Enforcement.

[Added 9-25-2002 by Ord. No. 216]
This article has been specifically designated for enforcement by citations issued by designated municipal officers or employees, and the citation hearing procedure established by Chapter 15, Citations, of this Code shall be followed.
[Adopted 9-25-2002 by Ord. No. 218]

§ 179-3 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to provide for the health of and protect the safety of the inhabitants of the Town of Canton by regulating, pursuant to § 7-148 of the General Statutes, the possession of alcoholic beverages by minors and the hosting of events where alcoholic beverages are possessed by, consumed by, and/or dispensed by or to minors and to establish a penalty for the possession of alcoholic beverages by minors and for hosting events where alcoholic beverages are possessed by, consumed by, and/or dispensed by or to minors.

§ 179-4 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated:
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
As defined in § 30-1 of the General Statutes.[1]
GUARDIAN
As defined in § 45a-604 of the General Statutes.
HOST
A person who hosts an event.
HOST AN EVENT
To organize a gathering of two or more persons or to allow any property that one owns or possesses or over which one exercises dominion and control to be used with one's knowledge for a gathering of two or more persons for personal, social, or business interaction.
[Amended 12-14-2011]
MINOR
As defined in § 30-89a(a) of the General Statutes.
[Amended 12-14-2011]
[1]
Editor's Note: Throughout this article, the term "alcoholic liquor" was amended to "alcoholic beverages" 12-14-2011.

§ 179-5 Possession.

No minor shall possess alcoholic beverages, whether such alcoholic beverages are in an open or closed container, within the Town of Canton.

§ 179-6 Hosting events.

[Amended 12-14-2011]
No host shall host an event at which such host knows or reasonably believes that alcoholic beverages are being possessed by, consumed by, or dispensed by or to a minor or minors within the Town of Canton. If any host knows that a minor or minors possess an alcoholic beverage in violation of § 179-5, such host shall make reasonable efforts to halt such possession.

§ 179-7 Public and private property.

The provisions of this article shall apply to both public and private property.

§ 179-8 Exceptions.

The provisions of §§ 179-5 and 179-6 of this article shall not apply to the following:
A. 
A minor who possesses alcoholic beverages on the order of a practicing physician or any person who sells, ships, delivers, or gives any alcoholic beverages to a minor on the order of a practicing physician.
B. 
A person over age 18 who is an employee or permit holder under § 30-90a of the General Statutes and who possesses alcoholic beverages in the course of such person's employment or business, or a sale, shipment, or delivery of alcoholic beverages made to a person over age 18 who is an employee or permit holder under § 30-90a of the General Statutes and where such sale, shipment, or delivery is made in the course of such person's employment or business.
C. 
A minor who possesses such alcoholic beverages while accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who has attained the age of 21, or a shipment or delivery of alcoholic beverages made to a minor by a parent, guardian, or spouse of the minor, provided that such parent, guardian, or spouse has attained the age of 21 and provided that such minor possesses such alcoholic beverages while accompanied by such parent, guardian, or spouse.
D. 
When the application of § 179-5 or 179-6 would be construed to be a burden on a person's exercise of religion under Article First, Section 3 of the Connecticut Constitution in violation of § 52-571b(a) of the General Statutes.
[Amended 12-14-2011]

§ 179-9 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Any person who violates or fails to comply with the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine of $150 for each offense.
[Amended 12-14-2011]
B. 
Any and all remedies which the Town has in enforcing this article, at law or in equity, shall be cumulative, and two or more or all of such remedies may be exercised at the same time.

§ 179-10 Enforcement.

This article has been specifically designated for enforcement by citations issued by designated municipal officers or employees, and the citation hearing procedure established by Chapter 15, Citations, of this Code shall be followed.