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Old 06-01-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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Absinthe and the USA

Does anyone know, for sure, what the American policy is towards absinthe? I know that as recently as a couple years ago it was illegal to take absinthe into the USA. :(

I'll be driving to Oshawa, Ontario from Alberta (around 3100 kilometers) this August for the Buyers and Builders Meet... and the shorter route is through Michigan.

However...

I'll be bringing some absinthe with me.. sooooo... hence the question. Should I just avoid the short route and stay in Canada?

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:37 PM   #2
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last i heard, it's still illegal, so you might wanna go the long way just to be safe
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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Try to keep your head on straight.

I think it's still illegal here.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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funny... the only time i went to canada was to legally drink absinthe while i was 20
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:41 PM   #5
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I think I read something about that, like you could get certain types now.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...9193021AAS6vsf
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:49 PM   #6
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is it as strong as moonshine?
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:55 PM   #7
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it depends on the wormwood percentage
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:04 PM   #8
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it was illegal worldwide a long time ago. Since then it's been regulated and legalized in several parts of the world. I believe the first to re-legalize it was France.

In short, yes it's legal. From what I know there is a company that makes the best you can get on this part of the world near Okland, California.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:14 PM   #9
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:51 PM   #10
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I knew a guy at a party who had some. I don't know if it was the real thing or not, but it tasted like paint thinner so I only had a very small sip. I don't buy the hallucinogenic effects thing. From what I've read it's a myth from bad 19th century science.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:05 PM   #11
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Ok. At the risk of sounding like a total square.............. WTH is it?
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:07 PM   #12
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never had it but would like to try it
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:13 PM   #13
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Ok. At the risk of sounding like a total square.............. WTH is it?
It's an alcohol that was very popular long ago. It was banned due to it potentially killing people. It was kinda like tasty rat poison. lol At this point it's been refined and safe but some localities may have antiquated laws banning it. Much like some places have laws that state a horseless carriage is required to have someone walk so many feet in front of it holding lanterns at night.

http://www.originalabsinthe.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:21 PM   #14
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It's an alcohol that was very popular long ago. It was banned due to it potentially killing people. It was kinda like tasty rat poison. lol At this point it's been refined and safe but some localities may have antiquated laws banning it. Much like some places have laws that state a horseless carriage is required to have someone walk so many feet in front of it holding lanterns at night.

http://www.originalabsinthe.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe
Hey. I learned something new on Camaro5 today. lmao

According to the second link, I guess it answers the question.

Commercial distillation of absinthe in the United States resumed in 2007
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