Just when you think that conservatives and liberals will never be friends, televangelist Pat Robertson goes and tells the New York Times about his “radical” views on marijuana. Finally, a conservative said something we can get behind!
Although careful to make sure people don’t think he’s ever inhaled, the often controversial star of the Christian Broadcast Network told the Times that pot is no different than alcohol, really:
I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol. I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.
Similarly, last week on The 700 Club, Robertson embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, saying that this is necessary to bring down the “soaring rates of incarceration” while reducing our society’s financial costs and being more proactive with the way we treat individuals.
I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up.
The 81-year-old went on to say that nothing radical has happened to make him embrace legalization–he just feels that our country has “gone overboard on this concept of being tough on crime”:
It’s completely out of control. Prisons are being overcrowded with juvenile offenders having to do with drugs. And the penalties, the maximums, some of them could get 10 years for possession of a joint of marijuana. It makes no sense at all.
As expected, Robertson’s opinions are making a lot of pro-legalization groups pretty happy.
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group who opposes the drug war, said:
I love him, man, I really do. He’s singing my song.