Rhode Island State Representative Robert Watson (R) was arrested Friday in East Haven after police smelled "a strong odor of marijuana" coming from his car at a traffic checkpoint.
Watson has already been the point of some controversy in the past due to his statements on immigration, drugs and homosexuality.
"I guess that if you are a Guatemalan gay man that likes to gamble and smoke marijuana, you probably think that we're onto some good ideas here," Watson said during a meeting with business leaders in February.
After his comments the Guatemalan American Alliance of Rhode Island joined with Immigrants in Action to demand an apology from Watson. He refused to apologize, saying that his comments were made in levity and frustration.
Watson was released from jail on a promise to appear in court and will face charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.