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Rolling Stone article 'tarnishes' maple industry

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A magazine article on Vermont's heroin crisis is causing a stir because of the jab it takes at the state's maple-sugaring culture.

Artwork featured in the Rolling Stone article, 'The New Face of Heroin,' modifies the iconic image on a can of maple syrup -- from the traditional sugarmaker in the woods, into a heroin user getting a quick fix.  Vermont has been in the national media spotlight since Governor Peter Shumlin dedicated his entire State-of-the-State speech to the state's opiate epidemic.    

Epidemic or not, maple industry leaders say the artwork rubs them the wrong way.

"The sugarmakers I know are honest hardworking people and this really puts a tarnish, showing someone that might be a sugarmaker doing this. I imagine it's done because Vermont has such a national reputation for maple syrup, and we are really proud of that. It just goes to show how famous we are, but this is certainly a bad thing for Vermont and a bad thing for our industry," said Sam Cutting, Chair of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.

The April 10 edition of Rolling Stone is at newstands now.

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