Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized and treated like alcohol because the government’s war on drugs has failed.
“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told the newspaper. “If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal?”
Robertson said he “absolutely” supports ballot measures in Colorado and Washington state that would allow people older than 21 to possess a small amount of marijuana and allow for commercial pot sales. Both measures, if passed by voters, would place the states at odds with federal law, which bans marijuana use of all kinds.
While he supports the measures, Robertson said he would not campaign for them and was “not encouraging people to use narcotics in any way, shape or form.”
“I’m not a crusader,” he said. “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.”
In a statement Thursday, Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Robertson’s “clearly stated and well-reasoned comments throw a curve ball into the growing debate over legalizing marijuana.”
“Defenders of marijuana prohibition … must be wondering if it’s only a matter of time before theirs proves to be a lost cause,” he said.
My question: Why arent ALL religious people pro-marijuana? cuz of ignorance based fear about it + cultural distaste, right? or is there more that i’m missing? cuz it’s a plant God made that makes people feel good and with no side effects. So… if you believe in God, whats the argument against his feel-good green gift to us? Anyone have the answer to this?
Here is the full March 1st episode with Robertsons comments that were part of a full segment on the topic. Skip to 20:40 for it in the video below: