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Vermont Lawmakers: Make Pot Legal or We Ban Booze

Pair introduces bill to reinstate Prohibition in the state
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2015 1:26 PM CDT
Vermont Lawmakers: Make Pot Legal or We Ban Booze
A marijuana plant matures at a growing facility in Denver.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

(Newser) – Two Vermont lawmakers fed up with delays to legalize marijuana in the state introduced a headline-grabbing measure this week designed to move things along: one that would outlaw alcohol. Legislators Chris Pearson and Jean O'Sullivan admit they have no interest in reinstating Prohibition, but they want to make a larger point, reports Vermont Public Radio. In their eyes, marijuana is safer than alcohol, so why ban that drug and leave the other untouched?

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"The object was to basically embarrass leadership to say that we have [marijuana legalization bills] in front of us, and they're going absolutely nowhere," O'Sullivan tells the Huffington Post. Their bill would make those found in possession of small amounts of alcohol subject to fines of up to $500, and anyone caught selling or distributing it faces 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. (A drug that's been around a while shows promise as a substitute for medical marijuana, without the stoner side effects.)

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