Alcohol industry sees its future in marijuana – The Boston Globe

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The national legalization of marijuana in the United States is inevitable — at least according to the alcohol industry.

I caught up this week with Robert Mellion, who in February became the executive director of the Massachusetts Package Store Association, or MassPack. (For our out-of-state readers: package stores, or packies, are liquor stores.) He had just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with the staff of Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Mellion wasn’t there to lobby on federal alcohol policies. He was there to talk about the STATES Act, proposed legislation co-sponsored by Warren that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana (easing banking woes, sky-high tax burdens, and other anchors around the neck of the cannabis industry) and let states set their own policies on the drug.

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