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Anti-Pot Republican Lawmaker Charged with Pot Possession
BlackListedNews.com ^ | May 1, 2011 | Mike Hughes

Posted on 05/02/2011 9:29:39 AM PDT by Graneros

It’s likely that Robert Watson, the minority leader of the Rhode Island House, is now regretting his incendiary comments during a speech to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce last February. Watson caused a commotion when he made clear his feelings that Rhode Island lawmakers were wasting their time debating marijuana decriminalization. According to Watson, making pot decrim a priority would be a good idea “if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana.”

Watson’s hypocrisy was revealed this week after he was stopped at a police checkpoint Friday and charged with – what else? – marijuana possession. The police report indicates that Watson smelled like alcohol and pot and “slurred his words.” He also had difficulty passing a sobriety test. Officers found a bag of what they suspect to be marijuana and a wooden pipe in Watson’s pocket.

In addition to pot possession, Watson faces charges of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watson claims he was “safe and sober” behind the wheel and states that his Breathalyzer test “showed that I was well below the legal limit of .08.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: amnesty; copbashingtrolls; dope; guatemala; homosexualagenda; liberatarians; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; politicians; rhodeisland; robertwatson; ronpaul

1 posted on 05/02/2011 9:29:44 AM PDT by Graneros
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To: Graneros

The very definition of hypocrite.


2 posted on 05/02/2011 9:32:00 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Graneros

Sounds like a typical Establishment Republican.


3 posted on 05/02/2011 9:32:36 AM PDT by Cicero
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To: Graneros

How conservative can a Republican from Rhode Island actually be?


4 posted on 05/02/2011 9:33:15 AM PDT by beelzepug (" Shaved ice for me and my monkey, please.")
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To: Cicero

Sounds like a gay Guatemalan pot smoking gambler.


5 posted on 05/02/2011 9:35:23 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Graneros

FWIW, behind the wheel, the alcohol makes him much more dangerous to the public than the pot.

However, both pale in comparison to the cell phone user.

/s ......sort of...


6 posted on 05/02/2011 9:36:23 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Graneros

Federal government regulation of marijuana should be a relic of the 20th century. The very idea that some leaves that people smoke should be on a narcotics schedule is idiotic.


7 posted on 05/02/2011 9:37:24 AM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Graneros
Only drug dealers, drug warriors, & nannies want marijuana possession to remain illegal. I wonder which applies to this guy?
8 posted on 05/02/2011 9:38:54 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Graneros

Why is it that ministers are the ones found having sex with kids and mothers against drunk drivers have someone who is arrested for drunk driving and ones vehemently against porn are found with it in there possession and then this?

Makes you suspicious of anyone campaigning against anything real hard, like the old adage ‘methinks thou dost protest too much’

and I hate to be in with that groupthink. Gad.


9 posted on 05/02/2011 9:44:55 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Mister Da
Only drug dealers, drug warriors, & nannies want marijuana possession to remain illegal.

You forgot the alcohol lobby.

10 posted on 05/02/2011 10:01:05 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: SeeSharp

I include the alcohol lobby in the drug dealer group. Alcohol is a drug in every sense of the word.


11 posted on 05/02/2011 10:04:35 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: EyeGuy
However, both pale in comparison to the cell phone user.

Who in turn, pales in comparison to every driver transporting small children.

Not even a little sarcasm, other than that the notion that one's mind can not be trained to function when conversing with an unseen communicant attempts to deny millennia of military training regimens - and the training of every pilot civil or military in the western world.

And if the people hawking that socialist drivel actually believed it - they would push for the removal of radios in emergency vehicles as well.

Not all of the chicken littles are part of the global warming scam.

12 posted on 05/02/2011 10:06:21 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Mister Da

Actually, only dopers want drugs to be legalized, and they project on every one else.


13 posted on 05/02/2011 10:08:32 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

It is the current requisite hands-on manipulation of the device which causes the danger.

Mount the damn phone, with speech driven command software, rendering it hands free, and the whole game changes.

Until the preponderance of vehicles/phones are configured in such a manner, the danger is hardly “socialist drivel”.

Open your eyes on your next commute.


14 posted on 05/02/2011 10:14:00 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy
My eyes are open. If they were simply after people holding a phone to their ear or typing in numbers on a hand set that would be one thing.

But that is not the case.

Read up on the laws being proposed and the drivel behind them. The assertion is that it is the very act of conversing with some one you cant see that causes the danger.

As if taking your eyes from the road to look at the kids behind you were less dangerous.

Do your home work. If it were simply banning handsets that was winding through the legislature, I wouldn't have addressed the loopy rationalization that is being pushed in the attempts to ban automotive cell use altogether.

15 posted on 05/02/2011 10:21:47 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: glorgau

Not wanting to pass laws to legalize one’s personal failings or service one’s “category” is not hypocritical, that is the kind of attack that homosexual leftists make against conservative gay legislators, and it is used against black and female legislators also, in varying ways.


16 posted on 05/02/2011 10:31:54 AM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: MrEdd
Actually, only dopers want drugs to be legalized, and they project on every one else.

I assume you are calling me a "doper".

I drink a few beers once a month, not that it's your business. Don't "Dope".

But I want drugs legalized and the police state rolled back to 1900. I want police to be beat cops, that little kids (and their dogs) can trust again.

If crackheads want to kill themselves, I have two questions, Do you need a ride to the store and Do you have a lighter?

17 posted on 05/02/2011 10:45:50 AM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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18 posted on 05/02/2011 10:51:41 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: glorgau

He’s only a hypocrite if he insists on not being legally punished. He’s reportedly against decriminilization - not usage.


19 posted on 05/02/2011 10:58:02 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: EyeGuy; MrEdd
Pardon me as I butt in here....but I commute on a motorcycle every day, and I'm starting to think that Yossarian was right on. These people really ARE trying to kill me.

The notion that ...rendering it hands free, and the whole game changes. doesn't jibe with my own (admittedly non-scientific) observations. It really doesn't seem to matter if they person is hands-free, or holding the infernal device to his/her ear, you can spot 'em from five cars behind. They're driving faster or slower than other traffic, are all over the lane, and exhibit a delayed reaction to traffic hazards vs. non-distracted drivers. I contend that they're worse than a driver with a car full of kids.

Not that Cali's cell phone law has had any discernable deterrent effect. Not sure that more laws are the answer, but there does seem to be a pretty strong negative effect if you look at actual driving in traffic.

20 posted on 05/02/2011 11:10:14 AM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: Mister Da

He’s a politician. He could comfortably embrace all three of those positions.


21 posted on 05/02/2011 11:21:22 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: MrEdd
That is fundamentally untrue, & you know it. Both Rats & Pubs, Congressmen, Doctors, Lawyers, & millions of other Americans are disgusted with the failed War on Drugs. A recent Gallup poll found that 44 percent of Americans favor legalization for any purpose, from medical to recreational, up from 31 percent in 2000. Surely, nearly every other person you encounter is not a doper?

They realize that the WOD is a gross intrusion on Fourth Amendment rights, & do not believe the US gov’t has ANY Constitutional authority to prohibit ANY substance for personal consumption.

Is it OK with you that the Federal Gov’t can dictate what you may or may not consume, & can jail you for failure to obey? This question extends far beyond illicit drugs to food & medicinal drugs, as well as other consumables. Are you comfortable with the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, McCain, & Graham making these decisions for you & your children, both now & in the future?

22 posted on 05/02/2011 11:22:47 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Graneros
This is so rich in irony.
23 posted on 05/02/2011 11:36:10 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Darteaus94025

OK, he might not be a hypocrite... in that case he’s schizophrenic.


24 posted on 05/02/2011 12:02:14 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Mister Da
Only drug dealers, drug warriorswar whores, & nannies

 I think this not only sounds better, but is more accurate as well.

25 posted on 05/02/2011 1:59:55 PM PDT by zeugma (The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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To: MrEdd

“Actually, only dopers want drugs to be legalized, and they project on every one else.”

All Libertarians are dopers? LOL.


26 posted on 05/02/2011 9:16:08 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Graneros

“The only way to catch a doper is for you yourself to become a smoker. The surest way to make them bleed is to bust their a$$ and steal their weed”.

—Sarge Stedanko (Stacy Keach) “Nice Dreams”


27 posted on 05/02/2011 9:28:32 PM PDT by Vindication
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