In an interview this Monday with HuffPost Live, Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 offered some great logic concerning the legalization of marijuana.
Although Chafee still seems adamant on taking the legalization process slowly, he also appears to be to be warming up to the idea. “I do believe there’s a connection between liberal social policies and a thriving economy,” the governor said in the interview. Basically, Colorado is making a ridiculous amount of revenue, and many states are now seeing the (obvious) benefits legalization can bring.
“Somebody was saying to me about the bad weather we’ve been having back home and all the potholes, we should have the revenue go to infrastructure — pot for potholes. Fix up our roads and bridges and fill our potholes, it’s a bad winter up there.” Now, there’s an idea. Besides being an amazing slogan, Pot for Potholes would use the revenue on pot to fix those death traps we call streets.
As many of us know, marijuana was decriminalized in Rhode Island last year after a three year lobbying effort by the Marijuana Policy Project. Now, possession of an ounce or less is simply a $150 fine.