Pat Robertson Advocates for Marijuana Legalization

 by lucy

Pat Robertson, known for being the outspoken host of evangelical show “The 700 Club,” is advocating for the legalization of marijuana like alcohol because he believes that the war on drugs in the United States has failed.

At 81 years old, some people are considering Robertson to be a representative of the hippie era, despite his strong religious leanings.  His primary reasoning for legalization is the fact that the US is spending billions of dollars in time and resources on incarcerating people for minor marijuana crimes.

“I just think it’s shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of a controlled substance,” Robertson said on his show March 1. “The whole thing is crazy. We’ve said, ‘Well, we’re conservatives, we’re tough on crime.’ That’s baloney.”

Legalization supporters are happy to have the Robertson’s endorsement, as he has the potential to open the minds of many conservative Christians who may not have previously been open to the idea of legalizing marijuana.

“Pat Robertson still has an audience of millions of people, and they respect what he has to say,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for more liberal drug laws. “And he’s not backtracking. He’s doubling down.”

Ballot initiatives in Colorado, Washington, and California could allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana.  While medical marijuana is legal in 16 states plus the District of Columbia, and marijuana has been decriminalized in many states throughout the country, no state has legalized marijuana outright.


5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    dallas said on Mar 8, 2012

    Sometimes endorsements are bad things…?

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    dallas said on Mar 8, 2012

    Or… a broken watch is right twice a day?

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    ensignharry said on Mar 8, 2012

    Cmon lets push for legalization woot

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    BenBarrett said on Mar 9, 2012

    No, Alaska has legalized marijuana, so the statement that no states have done it is not true. You are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana legally in Alaska.

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    HeadHunter said on Mar 9, 2012

    Pat Robertson you old hippie you! At 81 I guess he has nothing left to lose. Legalization is the only real way we are gonna fix the problem of prohibition. I wonder if he ever does “Bong Hits For Jesus” ?

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