From The Washington Post:
Television evangelist Pat Robertson has made inflammatory remarks in recent years that offend gays, Muslims and others, but a recent comment he made on his Christian Broadcasting Network was more notable for whom it pleased: people who want to see marijuana legalized.
“We’re locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana, and the next thing you know they’ve got 10 years,” the controversial pastor said on “The 700 Club” on Dec. 16, in a clip unearthed by bloggers this week. “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 and that kind of thing, I mean, it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people.”
His views on marijuana lit up the Internet on Thursday because they seemingly aligned him with liberal groups that have long complained of the punitive nature of the nation’s drug laws. The comments have been seized on by pro-marijuana groups that cite them as evidence that their message is gaining traction not only in the mainstream but within the religious right.
On Thursday, a CBN spokesman said in an e-mail that Robertson is “unequivocally” against illegal drug use and that he does not support legalizing marijuana.
The nation’s attitude toward marijuana has changed dramatically over the past two decades. In an October Washington Post poll, 43 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of legalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use – up from 22 percent in 1997.
Fifteen states and the District allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes, and there are signs that public consternation is growing over the sometimes severe punishments doled out for minor drug offenses. In Montana last week, a group of potential jurors objected en masse upon learning that a man was arrested on marijuana possession. The uprising led the prosecution to seek a plea deal.
Self-described conservatives remain the most opposed to legalizing marijuana, with 69 percent against such a change in the laws in the Post poll. But there have been recent efforts to convince conservatives that it is in line with their small-government philosophy to consider alternatives to imprisonment for minor drug offenses.
Gary Johnson, a libertarian and former Republican governor of New Mexico, took his pro-legalization message to tea party rallies this summer. Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. (R-Ind.) this month embraced a proposal to reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders, including some drug criminals, and to increase access to drug treatment programs – in the name of government efficiency.
26 responses to “Pat Robertson Said That? He Must Be High!”
Robertson probably figured out that his devotees in prison could send him greater amounts of money if they had jobs. Duh.
i think he found out that there’s some killer pot growing in africa, and he can exploit workers there and make a ton of money. hey, it worked with diamonds!
Any rancid thing concerning him, I’d believe.
I didn’t think it was possible, but pothead is a much flattering look for him.
if it had been anyone else, i would have guessed that he liked to light up every once in a while. however, the fact that he can lift a ton with his legs makes me think that he’s more into steroids than pot. that said, it certainly looks like he has cheetos dust on his fingers, and he usually looks so damned happy in pictures, so i could be wrong.
Armageddon! I agree with the crazy old prick.
i wonder about ol’ pot robertson (as jerry calls him now). he’s always a bit too smily. that can’t be natural. he’s high on something. either that, or all the rest of us are, and we had an audio hallucination.
Legalization of marijuana and getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan were two issues that enticed a lot of young people to support Ron Paul. Too bad they were the only issues that were attractive to young people. I mean, how many 20-something gold bugs and Fed haters are there?
yet the measure in california to legalize pot failed. it’s one thing for an issue to be attractive to young people, it’s quite another to get them off their asses and voting.
This is unfair. They all went to go do their civic duty. But they found out the elections was over 2 days ago.
maybe they were all out buying cheetos on election day.
The legalization of the deadly marihuana! Prop 19 was just voted down out here 45 to 55% and that ten percent gap is closing fast. Pot Robertson ought to go back to what William F. Buckley advocated 30 years ago if just for the taxes if nothing else. Harry Anslinger went to a lot of trouble to demonize weed when prohibition ended in the 30s. But if you read the LaGuardia Report now, it comes across like comedy material. A close reassesment of the Ronnie era madatory sentencing would also be very much in order, where 15 year sentences for the most trivial possesion cases are supposed to show us all what bad asses the gopers are. Anyone who ever perused Chocolate to Morphine might have noticed there are, world wide, close to a hundred slang names for the sacred herb. Even the modern name origin is interesting, from the Spanish: mari guano—silly shit! PS-love that poster.
Pot Robertson 😆 pot and prostitution should be legalized and taxed. just watch how quickly those tax dollars will pile up. i would bet that 80-90% of the people now in congress have smoked pot, and they know damned well that it’s less harmful than alcohol. it’s just another old bugaboo to frighten the unwashed masses and to keep the fundies in line.
i never knew that that’s the origin of the word marijuana. i remember when i was selling my house down in hialeah, the realtor’s name was juana maria, and i always thought it was a shame it wasn’t the other way around.
Oh yes … Pat Robertson … simply another one of the “open mouth, insert foot, and thus prove why I try my best not to justify anything he says by listening” person in the news. Just I appreciate the poster!
i’m still wondering why he suddenly talked about this. i could never sit through one of his shows, so i rely on snippets. i always think that there’s something political attached to anything pot robertson says, so that makes we wonder why conservatives would want this diversion right now.
If only Pot Robertson could trick the GOP to go spend an afternoon in a big park with him. I can picture Lindsey Graham and John McCain completely stone telling: “Duuuude, we were so uptight… But no more…”
the rethugs don’t like parks. they’re socialist.
OMG.. ” it’s costing us a fortune” yeah, go for the money, let’s sploit the marijuana and let’s sell it to the youth..
Instead of sending Pat $$$, send Zig Zag rolling papers, pipes & bongs.
Praise the Lord!
or seeds! Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
If you check Genesis 1:11 you will see all the seeded plants were given to man by you-know-who! That would be ALL the seeded plants. What is needed at this time is a massive brownie campaign, send those boxes off now to your elected leaders! When moving out here, the first priority was to register and vote, especially for prop 19. Asking the daughter of my brother-in-law if she was registered, yes, excited about prop19, yes, did you vote, no! As the wise Hebrew prophet Silverstein once noted: “I got stoned and I missed it”!
i had to google to see who you-know-who was. 😆 i like the idea of a brownie campaign. i volunteer to be a taster.
Thanks for the good laugh…Cheech & Chong are just as surprised and speechless as I am on this classic WTF moment. Have a great week! Safe New Year’s Eve too.
hey al! 😀 can you even imagine getting high with pot robertson? 😯 it would either be incredibly entertaining as he spilled all his secrets, or it would be the biggest buzz-kill evah!
have a safe, happy, and healthy new year’s, al. 😀
you know Pat only said that about pot after doing a few lines…….
off a hooker’s stomach?