The Rhode Island Compassion Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Anne Armstrong, and her partner Alan Gordon, who is the Compassion Party’s candidate for attorney general, have been arrested for the alleged possession of 48 pounds of pot.
This announcement comes as almost no surprise as the write-in candidate initially gained notoriety for smoking a bowl during her campaign ad.
Armstrong’s Plan for Rhode Island
According to Armstrong’s interview with Rhode Island Public Radio, her platform is/was based on the concept she calls “reGenerative Funding.” Through this reGenerative Funding, social services like housing, food, clothing, education and medical care would all be paid for through new industries and partnerships.
One of these new industries would be a Rhode Island cannabis industry, which Armstrong said would “provide food, fabric, fuel, medicine, and building materials with zero toxicity to the environment.”
Based on the allegations against Armstrong and her partner, the two may have been trying to spark up Rhode Island’s marijuana industry single-handedly.
Beyond the creation of a booming cannabis industry, Armstrong wanted to “expand Rhode Island’s Sanctuary status to provide a safe place where opiate addicts will have the right to try promising treatments like Ibogaine.”
Ibogaine Treatments in Rhode Island?
If you are not very familiar with Ibogaine, it is a psychoactive drug that some believe to help with withdrawals caused by opioid addiction.
Currently, Ibogaine treatments are illegal in the United States, which forces many opioid addicts to travel all the way to Mexico and other countries where a handful of treatment centers offer the LSD-like drug.
While the United States’ opioid death toll continues to skyrocket, a hallucinogenic substance like Ibogaine may not be the solution we need.
Armstrong’s Unsuccessful Runs for Office
With outlier policies like this one, Armstrong and Gordon have been unsuccessful in their previous attempts to make it into office.
According to Reuters, “the couple, who have run for office unsuccessfully a number of times, were both charged with possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 15-year-old child was in the house at the time of the arrest, police said.”
Local news reported that the couple were held on $25,000 bail. As things develop with the two Rhode Island candidates facing drug charges, we’ll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to our free Marijuana Updates here.
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