Things got heated at a campaign event in New Kingston, R.I., when candidates for Rhode Island’s Attorney General seat exchanged words over marijuana.
According to Law & Crime, “marijuana” is a trigger word for Compassionate candidate Alan Gordon, who was told before the event that it wouldn’t be used, but Democratic candidate Peter Neronha used it anyway, setting off a vivacious rant from Gordon.
Though difficult to hear in the video over the crowd, Gordon yells at the Neronha saying that speaking of marijuana is offensive and the equivalent to saying the n-word, which he then proceeds to spell out.
Gordon said that speaking of marijuana is a “curse to my people” and demanded that Neronha not use it again before Gordon stormed off the stage.
Marijuana is a sensitive topic for Gordon because he was arrested when police found 48 pounds of the substance in his West Greenwich home earlier this year.
Gordon was arrested in September along with Anne Armstrong, Rhode Island Compassion Party gubernatorial candidate. They were charged with possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as a 15-year-old child was present in the home at the time of the arrest.
Gordon and Armstrong claim the marijuana is used for spiritual purposes as part of their church.
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Rachel Lucio is a freelance writer in Austin, TX. She has been writing professionally since 1991, and has covered state, local and national government for more than a decade.