Poll: Should Rep. Bob Watson Resign?

The former House Minority leader was arrested Saturday for marijuana possession, his second arrest in less than a year.

State Rep. Bob Watson was arrested Saturday in South Kingstown for possession of marijuana, his second such arrest in less than a year.

Watson, a republican from East Greenwich, "appeared highly intoxicated" and was slurring his words, according to a police report, when officers encountered him just before midnight at Washington County Veterinary Hospital in South Kingstown. The representative had apparenly collided with a snow bank, and his car was missing its front, driver's side tire. Officers saw a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana in his car, according to the report, and also allegedly found a plastic bag containing the substance.

In April 2011, Watson was charged in New Haven, CT, with possession and driving under the influence. He later admitted to having marijuana in his vehicle, though denied driving drunk.

After his first arrest, the former House Minority Leader — who was a vocal critic of the state's efforts to legalize medicinal marijuana — was stripped of his title, and some called for his resignation. After his latest brush with the law, is it time for Watson to go?

Ray January 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I love it. Rep. Watson is a stoner!! Hey Spicoli were you on your way to Ridgemont High before you crashed into a snowbank? Were thre twinkies and chips ejected from your car? Start calling Hollywood to see if Sean Penn is available to play you. Maybe Judge Reinhold can play Rep. Jon Brien.
Dave100AP January 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Watson the hypocrite - against legalizing medical marijuana but "self-medicates" himself with pot and racks up DUIs too. Well done sir, well done!
John Perkins January 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Hi Dave, His record is a bit of a mystery regarding MMJ. His last vote was to override a Veto of the Governor in 2009 H 5359. Meaning he is for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries & therefore marijuana. But going back to 2006 we see he sponsored a MMJ bill which passed but then voted "Nay" to override the Veto (H 6052 Sub. A). So his record doesn't make sense at all and who knows whether his next vote would again conflict. Not surprisingly though he voted "Nay" in 2009 (H 6088) when it came to a law against Bar Owners knowingly participating in "Pub Crawls". I'm sure his liver and pancreas has participated in many of those. :) I know I go to everyone of them I can here in the SF Bay Area. btw: Does anyone else agree how stupid this law is to prevent bar owners from knowingly participating in a pub crawl? How did anyone allow this to happen when there are so many other important issues? Holy Cow! I still put it on record that he shouldn't resign because of possession of MJ but I do say resign if found guilty of DUI/DWI.
coventry voter-Jay January 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Jerry February 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Isn't this great, the dirtier you are, you get off!! Maybe that Lincoln cop can kick that rep in the head and knock some sense into him? RI is one of the most corrupt states. Nobody at all has the guts to do the right thing by law. Just keep breaking it and get rewarded.


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