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An unexpected voice for decriminalizing marijuana: Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson, the host of the 700 Club and a former Republican candidate for president, has added his voice to a growing chorus calling for the decriminalization of marijuana, reports the news site The Raw Story.

In an episode of his widely watched show that focused on prison ministries, Robertson had this to say about the war on drugs, and marijuana specifically:

“We’re locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana and next thing you know they’ve got 10 years with mandatory sentences,” Robertson continued. “These judges just say, they throw up their hands and say nothing we can do with these mandatory sentences. We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of ‘em.

“I’m … I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, that kinda thing it’s just, it’s 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.”

Who knew a guy more famous for declaring gay people responsible for Hurricane Katrina or calling for the assassination of leaders of other countries would be a voice of reason on our nation’s drug laws?

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