Gov. Lincoln Chafee Open, But Cautious About Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Feb 26, 2014

Governor Lincoln Chafee sounded cautious notes about legalizing recreational marijuana, when he spoke with the Huffington Post about the potential of legalizing recreational pot in Rhode Island. 

Chafee's administration saw the decriminalization of marijuana in RI, but he stopped short of legalizing recreational marijuana.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

His administration saw the decriminalization of the drug in 2013, and medical marijuana has been legal for several years.

While Chafee has yet to voice full support, he said regulating recreational pot could provide the state with much-needed revenue.

“Certainly the revenue is enticing for all governors," said Chafee. "Somebody was saying to me back with the bad weather we’ve had back home, and all the potholes, we should have the revenue go to infrastructure.  Pot for potholes.”

Chafee said  he wants to see what the General Assembly will do with newly introduced legislation that would legalize the substance.

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