Students Vote for Equality of Marijuana and Alcohol

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The University of Texas held a non-binding referendum. Two-thirds of students favored equal punishments for alcohol and marijuana use. This is not a plan to make alcohol restrictions tougher. It's to make marijuana punishments lighter, on grounds that pot may be less destructive than getting drunk.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Yesterday we learned that in a typical classroom, a fair number of teenagers use drugs. Now here's the way a majority of college students voted on drug penalties. The University of Texas held a non-binding referendum. Two-thirds of students favored equal punishments for alcohol and marijuana use. This is not a plan to make alcohol restrictions tougher. It's to make marijuana punishments lighter, on grounds that pot may be less destructive than getting drunk.

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