Robert Watson’s Original Political Encounter With Medical Marijuana
Republican Minority Leader Robert Watson was one of the House sponsors of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law passed in 2005 (H6052). Rep. Watson’s name is listed as second sponsor on both the original bill and the as-amended bill that passed the RI House with his vote on June 22 of the 2005 session.
However, he then voted against the veto override that eventually made the bill into law (it had been vetoed by Republican Governor Donald Carcieri). The switch is recognizable to Rhode Island political-watchers as part of the enduring mystery of the leadership of Bob Watson.
And now prepare watch progressives turn on a dime, away from the hypocrisy argument to “he was just sponsoring a law to benefit himself” argument…
A second medical marijuana bill, this one with a Senate number (S0710), also made its way through the RI legislature in 2005. Again, Rep. Watson voted for the original bill (June 24, 2005) but against making it into law over the Governor’s veto.