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Posted at 3:48 PM ET, 03/23/2010

Maryland bans alcohol in state forests

By Washington Post editors

Alcohol is now banned in Maryland's state forests, the Associated Press reports.

Steve Koehn, a Maryland state forester, said his agency began phasing in the ban this month. Drinking in state parks became illegal last year.

Koehn says alcoholic beverages will still be allowed at pavilions in the Green Ridge and Potomac-Garrett state forests with a permit that is currently free but will eventually cost $35, the AP reported.

He said the state is banning alcoholic beverages on all its public lands because those who drink excessively sometimes ruin the outdoor experience for others.

By Washington Post editors  | March 23, 2010; 3:48 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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No more keg parties, oh well glad I dont drink. Can we still smoke dope?

Posted by: FrankMonzon | March 23, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

So alcohol has been banned. I hope that Maryland will ban smoking in all state forests and parks, and ban smoking at Ocean City beaches, and the boardwalk.

Posted by: | March 23, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Being drunk and disorderly in public was always against the law. These new rules only criminalize those who would drink responsibly.

Posted by: vmax02rider | March 23, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

You can't drink, but I bet you can carry a gun.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | March 23, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sprite977 | March 23, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, GenuineRisk, our betters in the Md legislature have certainly made it illegal to have guns in MD. You can relax now.

Posted by: k_romulus | March 24, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Originally DNR said the ban was to be consistent with bordering states who banned alcohol in state parks.

Again the many suffer for the few.

Posted by: Brat1 | March 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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