UT Students Want Same Rules for Alcohol and Pot

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University of Texas students voted in favor of a nonbinding referendum to equalize penalties for alcohol and marijuana violations. The Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Referendum passed by 64 percent Wednesday.

Supporters of the measure argue that alcohol is more likely to cause addiction, violent behavior and death.

Judie Niskala, the campus coordinator for a group pushing the referendum, tells The Daily Texan that advocates will push to talk to the UT System Board of Regents. She says university officials have not responded to the group's request for a meeting.

Student body President-elect Danielle Rugoff says the student government did not take a position on the referendum. She says the
student government has no plans to promote it.

About 7,570 votes were cast, according to the university's student government elections supervisory board.