RI lawmaker pleads no contest on marijuana charge
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—State Rep. Robert Watson has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Watson entered the plea in a brief court appearance Thursday. A judge filed the case for one year, meaning it will be removed from Watson's record if he stays out of trouble.
Watson was arrested in January after a snow plow driver reported seeing an erratic driver in South Kingstown. He has since undergone substance abuse treatment.
Waton told WPRI-TV outside court he has "a renewed appreciation for the whole recovery process."
Watson, an East Greenwich Republican, is the former House minority leader. He has pleaded not guilty to marijuana possession and driving under the influence in Connecticut, where he was arrested last year.