Kush Chronicles: Old Head Pat Robertson Speaks About That Maryjane

- By Bossip Staff

Pat Robertson’s position on marijuana is certainly stirring the pot. The Christian broadcaster recently told his “700 Club” audience that harsh penalties for marijuana possession are costly for America and damaging to young people, but a spokesman said Thursday the preacher was not calling for decriminalizing pot.

Robertson, 80, made the comments on the Christian Broadcasting Network in the context of faith-based approaches to treating offenders, the spokesman said.

“Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs,” Chris Roslan wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

The comments, however, were widely interpreted on several websites as an endorsement by the Christian Coalition founder of legalizing marijuana. They were celebrated by NORML, a group that advocates legalization of the drug.

On its website, NORML posted a link to Robertson’s comments under the headline: “Holy Hemp! Pat Robertson Supports Ending Cannabis Prohibition In An Effort To Get ‘Smart On Crime.”‘

During the Dec. 16 CBN broadcast from Virginia Beach, Robertson and his co-host discussed what they called the success of religious-based programs to help people with addictions to drugs, including alcohol.

Robertson then lamented long prison terms for people who have “taken a couple puffs of marijuana.” He added, “We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of ’em.”

Robertson said mandatory drug sentences are promoted by candidates for political office who want to appear tough on crime, compelling judges to sentence offenders to long prison terms.

While Robertson said, “I’m not exactly for the use of drugs,” he added that criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot is “costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.”

Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, said Robertson is among a growing number of libertarians and “right-of-center” public figures who agree the nation’s drug laws treat marijuanapossession too harshly.

“We don’t care how people arrive at the conclusion that prohibition is a failure,” he said. “They’re acknowledging there are alternatives to lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key solutions.”

Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Robertson’s comments on marijuana are important because of his audience.

“The people who are listening to him may roll their eyes when the Democrats say this, but when Pat Robertson says this he has credibility in the faith community.”

The Drug Policy Alliance advocates for lighter drug punishments.

Roslan said Robertson advocated a review of the “severity” of existing laws and the millions spent on incarceration “when there are better approaches available.” Robertson regularly stirs controversy on the “700 Club,” which began broadcasting in 1966 and now claims 1 million viewers daily.

In January, Robertson said one day after Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that the island nation was “cursed” and has called Islam a “religion of hate.”

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  • http://arionataylor.blogspot.com Ariona Taylor

    WOW! Locking someone up for an ounce of weed may be to teach them a lesson, but by the time they get out of prison, they’ll be addicted to crack, so what’s the point? arionataylor.blogspot.com

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  • Machelle

    I know right..these people are sick…smh

  • StarLite

    I’m a Christian. He’s telling the truth@ “harsh penalties for marijuana possession are costly for America and damaging to young people”

    They send people to jail for carrying minor amounts of MaryJane and its the tax payers who have to deal with it. And considering the fact that caffeine is more addictive than MaryJane- you can’t help but wonder why the government is so mad at the MaryJane user.

  • super steph!

    wow a religious figure who is intelligent…he’s right though, my neighbor went to county for like a few months and paid $1000’s in fines and drug testing he had to pay for….for TWO EIGHTHS OF BUD!!!! it was “broken up” into two baggies tho…so whoosh. oh and im in CA!

  • too much

    I agree with him on this..if people wanna smoke their life away let em as long as they don’t hurt anybody else

  • http://faraicobra.blogspot.com TheClash

    @ that B*tch,come on now let’s be logical,he wasn’t throwing the devils horns he probably was emphasising his point with a hand gesture and the camera caught him “mid-gesture”,hence, the “devil horn”appearance…and pat has a good point,instead of just chucking them in prison were they’ll be exposed to terrible things and come out bitter and even more troubled,rather rehabilitate them spiritually,which is the best medicine. Use your brains guys. *tsk tsk

    • That B*tch

      You can miss me with your attempt to try and minize the matter. Elite have been throwing up hand signals for centeries.

      Others that have thrown this up include: Your boy Obama, Bush (Sr., Jr.), Bush’s mom, Barbara Bush, Bush’s daugher, the Clintons,Beyonce, Gaga, Oprah, rock musicians, popes. Too many to get the point across.

      What makes it even more sickening is they do these things and people don’t notice.

      Stop taking the easy way out and find out WHY they do this and what it means.

  • Honut Sinti

    I see a lot of green smelly plants in a shed and a bunch of laughing nappy headed people.

  • Think About It

    I truly believe marijuana is illegal because it opens up your mind and makes you think. I don’t think the government wants billions of people walking around with free minds. How would they control everything we do? Think about it!

    • Cougar_Lover

      that and it is stronger than steel, it would be a cheaper and a waaay better alternative to paper i.e no trees cut down.

    • StarLite

      @Think About It

      All of those great ideas disappear the moment you come down from your high.

  • JUSTASTYLIST

    I’M SORRY, BUT HE WAS THROWING UP THE BAPHOMET SIGN… SOOOO OBVIOUS

    • That B*tch

      No one’s hand naturally does that. It’s just easier to ignore it and say it’s not what it appears to be.

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