Providence Police Chief on legal Massachusetts pot: ‘concerning but not alarming’

FILE - Young marijuana plants are shown in this Sept. 15, 2009 file photo (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clement tells WPRO’s Gene Valicenti that the upcoming legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts is “concerning but not alarming,” and is likely to lead to more car crashes caused by people driving while high.

“In Rhode Island, it’s been decriminalized for quite some time now,” Clement told Valicenti. “we don’t sweat and stress small amounts of marijuana.It’s a civil violation with a fine. Our main concern is with impaired driving.” But Clements said there’s no easy way to measure drug impairment, and he expects it’s going to be common to find people driving while impaired.