Pat Robertson: Legalize Weed!

Holy  joints!  Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson has come out in favor of marijuana legalization telling the New York Times:

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.

Um, duh. Needless to say, lots of pro-pot groups are stoked that Robertson has spoken up about the war on drugs’ epic fail which has imprisoned thousands on personal use drug charges. Robertson said:

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.

Then in a weird cognitive shift, Robertson explained that overpopulated jails are due in a large part to  to a

liberal mindset to have an all-encompassing government.

Whoa  Pat, dude, what have you been smoking?


22 Responses to "Pat Robertson: Legalize Weed!"
magilla | Thursday March 8, 2012 12:41 pm 1

There has been considerable Conservative support for reform for decades, from
Buckley to George Schultz to Milton Freidman. The campaigns in Washington and Colorado have the opportunity to convince a considerable number of traditional prohibition supporters to support reform instead. I hope they run massive ad campaigns in areas normally considered Reagan country using Conservative spokesmen like these.
Just remember, the Prohibitionists fight dirty..

EBL | Thursday March 8, 2012 07:10 pm 2

eCAHNomics | Friday March 9, 2012 08:41 am 3

What’s the hidden agenda?

blueokie | Friday March 9, 2012 08:43 am 4
In response to eCAHNomics @ 3

Maybe Pat is looking to vitamin/herb/dietary supplement business.

eCAHNomics | Friday March 9, 2012 08:47 am 5
In response to blueokie @ 4

Good one.

I was thinking he has close relatives who imbibe. Or who need it for medical reasons.

xargaw | Friday March 9, 2012 08:52 am 6

First Pat was into mining in countries where severe abuse was the practice. Then he went big time in the vitamin and supplement business. He must see a profit in weed down the pipeline.

tjbs | Friday March 9, 2012 08:55 am 7

It makes no sense at all.

Do police states ever make sense ?

tammanytiger | Friday March 9, 2012 09:06 am 8

Isn’t the Colorado legalization initiative titled “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol”?

tammanytiger | Friday March 9, 2012 09:13 am 9

Then in a weird cognitive shift, Robertson explained that overpopulated jails are due in a large part to to a liberal mindset to have an all-encompassing government.

Which explains why that notorious bleeding heart Richard Nixon called for a “war on drugs” and why that flaming socialist Ronald Reagan decided that mass incarceration was the best way to win that war.

newcarguy | Friday March 9, 2012 09:19 am 10


SOL…”Sudden Onset Liberalism????

tjbs | Friday March 9, 2012 09:23 am 11

Vulcan Mind Meld , Dr Spock ?

tomallen | Friday March 9, 2012 09:28 am 12

Maybe it was a voice from a burning bush? :-P

“overpopulated jails are due in a large part to to a liberal conservative mindset to have an all-encompassing government.” There, fixed.

Bruce H. Vail | Friday March 9, 2012 09:29 am 13

This would be a welcome development…. were it not for the fact that anybody paying attention knows that Robertson is suffering from dementia.

MailersGhost | Friday March 9, 2012 09:34 am 14
In response to eCAHNomics @ 5

I’m sure his tobacco industry friends are ready to move into the legal-weed market. I think that’s the explanation for O’Bummer’s hostility toward hemp.

Lisa Derrick | Friday March 9, 2012 09:43 am 15

Robertson supporting marijuana legalization is an important moment. Now if Dobson or Franklin Graham comes out for weed, well that’s what pot politics can do, make strange bedfellows.

MailersGhost | Friday March 9, 2012 09:51 am 16
In response to MailersGhost @ 14

To clarify: Obama Inc. is officially anti-marijuana at the moment. The real hostility is toward the small growers.
Obama Inc. will make a sudden reversal, introduce the benevolent BigTobakkkyWeed brand, and want credit for progressive politics.

tammanytiger | Friday March 9, 2012 09:59 am 17
In response to MailersGhost @ 16

Either that or allow the big pharma companies to patent genetically modified varieties and slap a huge markup on them. A win-win because a black market will continue to exist, which means the War on Drugs will continue.

newcarguy | Friday March 9, 2012 10:13 am 18
In response to Bruce H. Vail @ 13

“…suffering from dementia.”
I think he’s rather reveling in it. :-)

freesociety | Friday March 9, 2012 10:19 am 19

Actually, Pat Robertson is correct. Many “Liberals” do fall into the trap that Government should be all-encompassing.

Woodrow Wilson got us involved in WWI, put the for-profit Banksters in total control over the currency (Federal Reserve Monopoly), and by extension created the Wall-Street superclass, and he started up the I.R.S. and the Income Tax. He also tried to start the League Of Nations.

Harry Truman converted our Country into Permanent Warfare State when he started-up the C.I.A. and National Security Act, which institutionalized criminality, secrecy, and Military adventurism on a 24/7 basis. Ever since then, we have been in s state of War either covertly or overtly all over the World.

This type of thinking is also the same type of thinking that seeks to micro-manage peoples personal lives, and criminalize marijuana or agree with The Patriot Act (like Obama) and NDAA (Obama), and flying Drone all over the World to kill people (Obama).

easyrider1969 | Friday March 9, 2012 10:19 am 20

The War on Drugs is about keeping the price high by controlling availability. If it’s legal and expensive, who isn’y going togrow their own? Oil isn’t scarce nor are diamonds; the markets are controlled to keep the prices high. Don’t hold your breath, unless you happen to be smokin’ the good stuff.

AitchD | Friday March 9, 2012 10:20 am 21
In response to tammanytiger @ 17

It already exists as Marinol.

Teddy Partridge | Friday March 9, 2012 04:48 pm 22

We should call him Pot Rabertson from now on.

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