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Rhode Island Gubernatorial Rivals Tell Each Other to Get Lit


Rhode Island’s Republican gubernatorial nominee suggested that an opponent should smoke marijuana to relax amid a combative debate performance on Nov. 1, 2018.

“Someone needs to get a joint for Joe to get him to calm down a bit,” GOP candidate Allan Fung said, referring to independent contender Joe Trillo.

“You probably smoke it all the time,” shot back Trillo, a former state lawmaker.

“I think we made the news cuts for tomorrow,” debate moderator Gene Valicenti of Providence NBC affiliate WJAR-TV quipped in response to the joint-smoking sniping between the candidates.

On a more serious note, Fung, the mayor of Cranston, said that he is “open to legalization so long as the enforcement concerns” are addressed.

“I’d even go so far as to put it on the ballot.”

Trillo had said he could only consider supporting legalization when better roadside impairment detection methods are developed, adding in that case he would also put the question on the ballot for voters to decide.

For her part, incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said during the exchange that she is “open to” legalization but is “cautious” about it. She is concerned it is “hard to regulate so it doesn’t get into the hands of kids.”

Moderate Party candidate Bill Gilbert said he supports legalizing cannabis.

The exchange comes as a new Marijuana Moment analysis published Thursday shows that more than 20 major party gubernatorial candidates in the U.S. support legalizing marijuana, with many more supporting other cannabis reforms.

This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content syndication agreement. Read the original article here.