In “extreme hypocrisy” news, Rhode Island House Minority Leader Robert Watson (R) has been busted in neighboring Connecticut for marijuana possession and impaired driving after being stopped at a police checkpoint and the cops detecting the “strong odor of marijuana.”
What makes this such a big deal is the fact the esteemed RI lawmaker has made it a point to comment on his state’s marijuana policy.
Watson drew fire in February when he said the state Legislature had its priorities right “if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana.”
I understand that a conservative elected official has many reasons to keep his cannabis use a secret, but there is no need to attack cannabis law reform in public on top of it. To poke fun at people for smoking weed when you go home and do it yourself is not only tasteless, but it also proves you cannot be trusted to stand up for your constituents.
If Robert Watson does use marijuana, he needs to 1) Come out in favor of marijuana law reform or 2) Resign his position. There is no shortage of hypocritical politicians in this country, so if one is going to be this blatant about it, they need to face the consequences.