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Pat Robertson's marijuana remarks cause stir
December 23rd, 2010
04:15 PM ET

Pat Robertson's marijuana remarks cause stir

By Alan Silverleib, CNN

The Rev. Pat Robertson - a longtime fixture in Christian conservative politics - is drawing attention for questioning an article of faith among many Republicans: mandatory prison sentences for certain marijuana-related crimes.

Some pot legalization advocates noted that Robertson also appeared to question the criminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana - a position later denied in a written statement released by his media outlet, the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"It got to be a big deal in campaigns," Robertson said on the December 16 edition of his show "The 700 Club." "Lock 'em up, you know. That's the way these guys ran, and they got elected. But that wasn't the answer."

Robertson said there is "something else we've got to recognize. We're locking up people that take a couple of puffs of marijuana and the next thing they know they've got 10 years. They've got mandatory sentences and these judges just ... throw up their hands and say there's nothing we can do."

"We've got to take a look at what we're considering crimes and that's one of them," Robertson added. "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, it's costing us a fortune and it's ruining young people."

They go into prison "as youths and they come out as hardened criminals, and that's not a good thing."

Chris Roslan, a CBN spokesman, insisted Thursday that Robertson "did not call for the decriminalization of marijuana. He was advocating that our government revisit the severity of the existing laws because mandatory drug sentences do harm to many young people who go to prison and come out as hardened criminals."

The famous television pastor "was also pointing out that these mandatory sentences needlessly cost our government millions of dollars when there are better approaches available. ... Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs."

Roslan noted that Robertson's remarks followed a CBN story about the value of faith-based prisoner rehabilitation programs.

Robertson, who has made a number of controversial statements in the past, used his television presence to become a major power broker in GOP politics for a period of time. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, stunning observers by finishing ahead of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush in that year's Iowa caucuses.

Most conservative officeholders continue to back both strong anti-drug laws and mandatory prison sentences for certain crimes. Some, however, have questioned the value of such stances, particularly in the wake of rising prison populations and expenses.

Some conservative libertarians - such as former New Mexico GOP Gov. Gary Johnson - have called for the legalization of marijuana.

A ballot initiative in California this year would have allowed adult possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure was defeated by a 54-to-46 ratio.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Politics • TV

soundoff (511 Responses)
  1. Gilbert

    Prisons are big business. They'll be throwing millions at politicians in every effort to keep marijuana illegal. There is just no sense in sending passive pot-heads to prison and turning them into dangerous criminals. Prisons do not rehabilitate. They just make people worse.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
    • SN

      I agree.. most people don't realize that the prison and jail systems are becoming overwhelmingly privatized. That's right we are capitalizing our justice system and corporations are making big $ off it. And why? Because sadly the bureaucracy isn't efficient enough to run prisons for the same amount a corporation does as well as some of these prison companies cut corners they shouldn't to make big $. On top of that, it hurts prison guard salaries, which hurts the way the system is run; would you risk your life against an inmate for minimum wage?

      December 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
    • knowa1

      Prohibition of cannabis is the most destructive US policy since Slavery. Bring our cannabis POW's home. Lets start with Marc Emery. Read Karen Tandy and tell that this is not a violation of basic freedoms of speach.
      Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group - is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.

      His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.

      Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General's most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets - one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.

      Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.

      December 27, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  2. Dan

    He couldn't have said that. I must be high.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  3. BoFo

    I am no flaming right winger nor particularly a fan of Pat Robertson. However, people commenting here and making derogatory remarks about him are just ignorant morons. You probably don't have a clue of the good his Operation Blessing organization has done, and you are probably too clueless to try to find out.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Guest

      More than half the money he raises "for" Operation Blessing actually goes to keeping his mephitic show on the air. Actually, over a third of its budget goes to administrative costs (a lousy figure in the world of non-profits), over half of what remains goes to keeping his show on, and only what's left over goes (sort of) to aid. A former pilot for Operation Blessing said of the 40 flights he flew in Africa, "only one or two" were for humanitarian purposes - all the rest were on business for Robertson's personally owned (i.e., not for the benefit of anyone but him) diamond mines.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
    • Arias

      So you're a big booster of Pat Robertson's diamond mine piggy bank are you?

      December 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  4. Wholly Mary

    A big bowl of kra-a-a-a-zeeee for breakfast!

    December 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  5. Justin Observation

    One of the few times this guy makes sense, and he's blasted by his peers.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  6. Richard

    The solution to the drug problem. William Buckley Jr. said it best; decriminalize all of it, let people have drugs for free. For a year, we'd have bodies littering the streets. But after a year or so, all the losers who have the genetic flaw that makes them prone to addiction would be dead. Most of the drug problem and the crime associated with it would be gone.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
    • chris

      does that include your money addiction?

      December 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
    • David

      If you think that people smoking pot will die from getting it free for a year, you are nuts.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
    • nepawoods

      "But after a year or so, all the losers who have the genetic flaw that makes them prone to addiction would be dead." Most deleterious genes are heterozygous recessive and not nearly so easily eliminated from the gene pool. This is why eugenics programs are futile, all ethical considerations aside.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
    • josh

      My thoughts exactly. People would take responsibility for their actions real quick. However, kids would need to be protected somehow.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  7. SweetLeaf

    Holy Crap! After all those years of being forced to watch the 700 club on my shift as a master control operator ....this is the first thing Pat has ever said that makes sense. My prayers have been answered. Praise Jebus.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  8. Tony

    I have always advocated treating it like alcohol. Can't have it open in your car, sorry a closed bag sitting on the passenger seat is open, must of legal age to buy and possess it, and if a police officer suspects you are under the influence and you fail a roadside sobriety test, you are treated like any driver determined to be under the influence. if any governing body wants to use it as a revenue stream, like cigarette taxes or alcohol taxes then so be it.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  9. Joshua Ludd

    Because, of course, the war on (some) drugs has worked so well over the past few decades.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
    • Arick

      Once again, die in a fire Fatboy. May someone show you the same lack of mercy that you show to your fellow man. I bet you are a redneck piece of trailer trash.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  10. Brian

    Merry Christmas to you too, Pastor Robertson.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  11. Chuck

    These are literally the only comments that Robertson has made in the last 20 years that make ANY sense. who cut off his supply of kool-aid? I'd like to thank them 🙂

    December 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  12. hawkdawg

    This may be the smartest thing I've ever heard him say. By a long shot.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  13. coldnduluth

    My God, this is first sensible thing Pat has said in years!

    December 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  14. Jon

    The criminalization of marijuana might just be the single most ridiculous law in the United States. I agree with Mr. Robertson.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Jon

      Agreed! No other civilized countries do this sort of sentencing for pot. The United States is just goofy on this issue, as they are about a lot of things. Puritanical idiots!

      December 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • JEM

      Our War-on-Drugs started in the Chapels. It is only fair that the movement to end it also start in the Chapels.
      It is the War-on-Drugs that make Christians out to be liberty hating government loving tyrants.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  15. Kris

    This is the about the most sensible thing Mr. Robertson has ever said. Of course locking up casual users of pot is insane, pointless and having a residual damaging effect on society...could it be possible this is a sign that the stupidity of the right-wingers is becoming apparent to even them?

    December 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  16. waikikijohn

    Praise the Lord. About time the right opens its eyes to the injustice in sentencing laws.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Pat Sucks

      I wonder if he "snorts' also !

      December 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  17. dabble

    Mandatory jail time for drug abusers...Absolutely! Let's start with Rush Limbaugh!!

    December 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • D

      fail

      December 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
    • Dover

      WIN!

      December 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      draw?

      December 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
    • TinMT

      WIN! Wait, didn't he move to Costa Rica? Oh, that's right, another Limbaugh lie...

      December 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
    • Ditto

      BIG fail!

      December 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • SureNoProb

      Nah, leave Rush alone... only his housekeeper who got him the drugs should go to jail; Rush is a God and is above the law–just listen as his bobbleheads nod (out) along with him... besides, smoking a marihuana (sic, the Fed's unexplained, deliberate, insistent misspelling, for those too young to get the reference) cigarette is much worse than illegally obtaining tens of thousands of Oxycontin...

      December 24, 2010 at 1:07 am |
    • Rush is lame

      WIN, dont listen to these brainwashed republicans.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:33 am |
    • David

      Mandatory shunning of you and people like you.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  18. TIRED OF YOUR CRAP

    I figured Pat Robertson was an old pothead, how else could he come up with all those ridiculous statements?

    December 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • The Mudshark

      Using your (specious) reasoning, one could easily deduce that you are stoned out of your mind "Tired" one. Now go back to your worshipping of Sarah Palin. Tool.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  19. anon

    my god. he has a brain!

    December 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
    • AzJohn

      I can not believe that this blow hard and I agree on something....is hell freezing over?

      December 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • riverrunner

      woohoo hell froze over! lets go skiing!

      he is right – probably only on this one thing but the man is right. pot should be totally legal but if not you should never go to prison for taking a hit. it's no worse than whiskey.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  20. ItSOnLyME

    Why does *anyone* care what this man says? Hasn't he proven adequately (over and over and over and over) that he's a complete lunatic? Even though I happen to agree with him this time (first time for everything!).

    December 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
    • Fricsaid

      LMAO.....I was thinking the same damn thing. "I can't believe I'm agreeing with him." I had the "deer in headlights" look the whole time I was reading the article. 🙂

      December 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Tim W.

      Ditto !

      December 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
    • Edward

      My chin hit the floor.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
    • Fran

      I am guessing he has been smelling it coming from his grandkids rooms..... Can't have criminals in the family.

      December 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Corbijn

      I don't care about what he says. What scares me are all those bottom feeders who listen to him and don't ask how high to jump.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • Dover

      Someone told him it was April 1st.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • shamgar50

      Is this "Bizarro" world?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait! Someone did tell me W wrote a book. IIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

      December 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
    • Steve

      actually in this instance he is expressing what many law enforcement, DAs and public policy experts are saying too.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
    • W.O.

      I've never been one to follow Pat Robertson, knowing enough about his controversial stances on issues. For once, I think he has a point in regards to reevaluating the criminal penalties and legal repercussions associated with marijuana use. He may not condone it, but he at least can recognize the imbalance in justice. That's not to say that drug lords should walk free or anything like that, but that the context of the crime should be taken moreso into consideration when determining a punishment. Moreover, the punishment should fit the crime and not be so severe that it ruins one's life over a petty action; I think that is Pat Robertson's main point to his statement.

      December 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
    • Paul

      OMG! Pat Robertson is my new hero! Newsflash: Hell freezes over!

      December 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • Jorge Longbow

      Right On, Pat! Millions have lost the best years of their lives in prison because they inhaled or ingested something for fun at some party one weekend in your hometown. Right down the street... Kid may have been your baby sitter, or mowed your lawn. "Boy, its a shame about Billy. Yeah, they caught him smokin' pot. Got him for being a pusher, too. Sold an ounce 'n' a half of weed to his friend Jamie."

      December 23, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
    • rr mathews

      Good for him!!! He's right on this one, for sure!

      December 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • Jorge Longbow

      @why? Check out the bodyguards... the heathenly,sorry, heavenly, toothy smile the man is FAMOUS. Why would we not care about what he thinks?

      December 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
    • jesus

      How can anyone with an I.Q. of over 80 accept this guy's dribble?

      December 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Honfleur

      Who is this person and what have they done with Pat Robertson? This faker is actually making some sense!

      December 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
    • Rick

      Dramatization –

      Robertson: Let he who is without sin roll up and get stoned.

      December 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
    • tru blue

      He must have hit a few rolls, and few means not a sole reason to hit the slammer. He wants to be safe.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
    • evoc

      I can no longer have complete disrespect for the man.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • Winston5

      Maybe he took a hit and actually SAW god. (is today April Fools?)

      December 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
    • Greg

      Why does anyone care? Well, he's the one whose opinion counts amongst the fundamentalist Christians, and whether you like them or not, they are quite formidable force on the American political landscape.

      So, we just learned that even fundamentalist Christians can be reasonable sometimes. Good for them.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
    • Lewis

      >> Why does *anyone* care what this man says? Hasn't he proven adequately (over and over and over and over) that he's a complete lunatic? << ABSOLUTELY .... but he has a lot of lunatics to back him up and they can all vote.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
    • user

      ey tony..your comment sounds intellectual and well-informed. You must have done lots of research. However, it was so by the book and lack of experience. Try to smoke at least 3 sticks of pot all by yourself and you will know what I mean.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
    • lorne

      huh, wha..... wha'd he say... i was really stoned at the time....

      December 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
    • B

      If you actually listen to Pat Robertson instead of what the media says about Pat Robertson, you would know he is a pretty smart guy. I sure wish I had listened to him more in the past. I would be better off in many ways now.

      December 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
    • Running Bare

      WOW. I mean, like WOW. Proof it IS Christmas. People CAN change. In this case, that's a Good Thing.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
    • Greenspam

      Pat Robertson actually said something sensitive THIS time; however, out of habit, I automatically dismiss what he says.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • Micheline

      ditto, I cant stand him, but I agree with the point he was trying to make

      December 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
    • Ringo

      Hey Pat! Let's spark one up together, bro!

      December 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
    • Kenny

      This man can make 100 statements and I would disagree with all 101 of them usually but this time he is spot on. Now if you want to give "Mandatory Time" to people, give it to the people selling and transporting the drugs.

      December 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
    • douglas

      You obviously are not a big picture sort of person. This is a person who a lot of serious people pay attention to, and a conservative. Getting rid of this huge waste of our tax money (my money) by locking people up for this is not going to be accomplished by a Cheech and Chong tour alone. It needs anything it can get to keep the momentum going.

      December 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
    • Kenny

      I also understand now why this country is having so much bad weather. Pat hit on something. He struck a nerve. That puts him on a higher plane even than Sarah Palin. When she opens her mouth, all she does is remove all doubt that she is a fool.

      December 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
    • 13Directors

      Wow, I never, ever thought I'd find common ground with him. I pleasantly surprised.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:22 am |
    • big b

      They can't tax and control distribution or it would be legal. It's that simple. Gotta get that dollar,boys!!

      December 24, 2010 at 1:27 am |
    • Abudu Rahman

      A lot of people as they get older are realizing that marijuana is a very beneficial pain killer. It's also common sense that being under the influence of marijuana doesn't cost a thimble's worth of problems when compared to deadly legal drugs such as alcohol and the cancer causing tobacco.

      December 24, 2010 at 2:41 am |
    • JLS639

      In fairness, I agree with him on this one. Long prison sentences for minor, victimless crimes is costly to government and ruins productive lives.

      December 24, 2010 at 4:34 am |
    • Phil

      I agree ,smoking a joint should put you in a class about its dangers ,not prison

      December 24, 2010 at 5:53 am |
    • Charlotte Crist

      He is just addressing the dollars and "sense" of the repercussions of pot's use...The same way the DEA does, but in a different light.... The DEA would loose a MAJOR portion of their budget if pot were legalized and they do NOT want THAT to happen at any cost...it would amount to job loss for their agency. Always follow the money for true reasoning.

      December 24, 2010 at 5:59 am |
    • Phast

      Amen Brother Robertson.

      December 24, 2010 at 6:57 am |
    • Bluecrane

      Has the right wing bus gone so extremely far toward insanity that we're even seeing the likes of Pat Robertson heading for the exit?

      December 24, 2010 at 7:16 am |
    • MojoHotep

      Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day!

      December 24, 2010 at 7:23 am |
    • Marc

      DITTO TONY!

      When you compare Americas top three recreational drugs side by side (Alchohol, Tabacco and Cannabis), choosing Cannabis is FAR SAFER than the other two. Tabacco and Alchohol kill about 500,000 each year in the states alone. Not ONE person has ever died from smoking too much pot. The LD-50 (leathal dosage) is so high it is impossible to Overdose on, unlike Alchohol. You would have to consume 1,500 POUNDS in 15 minutes to have leathal dose. You take a small handful of aspirin or eat ten raw potaoes and you're in trouble.

      And then consider that it is not only less addictive than the other two, but ranks below caffine on the physical addiction scale you just have to ask.. WHY is our country wasting tens of billions each year criminalizing people for choosing a safer alternative to Alchohol and Cigarettes!!!

      Look up Cannabinoid and Cancer! Not only does pot NOT cause cancer, but the inherant Cannabinoids help Fight and Prevent it!!
      It's time to stop the failed 73 year prohobition and "war" on pot that has no basis in science but is instead politically motivated for all the wrong reasons.

      December 24, 2010 at 9:13 am |
    • Menwa

      Agreed, I cannot believe I am agreeing with this man. But he has a point, there are far to many people locked up in prison on mandatory drug sentences for doing nothing more than getting high. Heck, in some places I can kill a person and get a lesser prison sentence than a pot head.

      We need to visit legalizing some drugs with a personal use limit. Legalize and tax! That would solve three problems: national debt, growing prison population, gang violence to control the drug market. Many LEO's would actually prefer pot be legalized. I know many that regret having to take a kid to jail just because he lit a joint. I mean, what is the greatest harm the kid is going to do? Eat a box of twinkies?

      December 24, 2010 at 9:17 am |
    • Warkittens

      No educated person gives a rat's patooey about what this guy thinks.

      December 24, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • Tide

      Moreover, legalizing pot well create new jobs and bolster the agriculture economy. Legalization will gives us more tax revenue and take profits and power away from drug cartels. I have never smoked pot myself. What a great way to stimulate the US economy.

      December 24, 2010 at 10:44 am |
    • B-man

      I just agreed with Pat Robertson...time to find a bridge to jump off of.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:19 am |
    • Larry Idaho

      I am a Christian and frequently disagree with Mr. Robertson. In this case, I think he is actually making some sense. Under Biblical law, punishment was to fit the seriousness of the crime– "an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth." That didn't mean one was to have either their eye or their tooth plucked-out; it simply means to match the punishment with the crime. Mandatory prison for pot use or possession is, in my opinion, not Biblical– the punishment is far more serious than the crime. We legally puchase and consume alcohol but you can go to prision for "years" due to possession or use of pot? Where is the justice in that?

      December 24, 2010 at 11:24 am |
    • jonathan

      Pat Robertson has never held a hard position against marijuana. I remember more than twenty years ago he visited the issue of marijuana and it's dangers and acknowledged that it was less harmful than the use of alcohol.. I mean think about it..marijuana users are not running people over on Saturday nights with any regularity..yet millions of pot users smoke pot all the time..

      December 24, 2010 at 11:29 am |
    • Matt

      Wow - um - good for Pat Orbertson??!! Can't believe I am in agreement with him...

      December 24, 2010 at 11:36 am |
    • NYPrincessTt

      Doesn't anyone watch Weeds? Season 3 or 4, the character so impressively played by Mary Kate Olson informs Sylas that Jesus wants her to get high. They have great conversations when she is stoned...

      December 24, 2010 at 11:38 am |
    • Joseph Blanchette

      The ending of the current ALL drug laws and the insane results they have created in this country will only cease when the ultra-conservatives come to recognize that the cost in social, and economic terms of inter and extra national interdiction, the funding of unstable governments, the cost of fighting narco-warloards, its effect upon our military budget, the DEA, FBI, and not to mention thousands of local law enforcement agencies, and lastly the cost of more, and more and more prisons becomes so expensive that it is not longer sustainable. Unfortunately it is a deepest shame that entire generation of young Afro-American, Latino, and poor whites must have their lives ruined as a result. But this is the price we all pay so that we can create the social and religious illusion that America is not a Druge Taking nation.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:46 am |
    • Jack

      If Pat Robertson comes out in support of anything, it's because he has a business interest in it.

      December 24, 2010 at 11:54 am |
    • Michael paul

      I agree. Private use of pot seems as harmful as smoking or drinking in your own home. It's a drug that damages your health. If you are driving and you have it in your car, that's different, but privately smoking pot...I don't get how that should be illegal.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
    • arthurr

      Pat Robertson is an awesome man of God. If you dont like him then you really don't know God.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
    • edwin

      ItS: he may be a lunatic, but a lot of people still listen to what he says. So he *is* relevant, and his shift of position on marijuana is significant. The fact that Robertson no longer thinks we should simply punish and jail people for this means that those who listen to him will reconsider this issue, too.

      Perhaps the conservative base is mellowing on this particular issue.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • Atticus

      I agree, complete psycho and evil the way his organization ships tens of millions of pounds of food supplies, puts in wells, sends impoverished to school worldwide. Normally first on scene behind first responders on any disaster relief etc.. I think that he is a complete loon. I will always disagree with him and his religion of love, compassion, and salvation. Completely evil he is. I will instead focus on myself and what is best for me over all of you and your rules of society. I don't care that societies that have been successful have some limits on behaviors for the good of the whole. Yea me!

      December 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • Greg

      How about mandatory jail sentences for selling snake oil?

      December 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • Ocheck

      Jesus may have used cannabis.... its been around for thousands of years and used as medicine

      December 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • john

      Remeber this same man said we deserved Katrina and 9/11 ( although we did have 9/11 coming to us) so why does this matter hes still an horrible person

      December 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
    • T.Z

      You read my mind. Having lived in the VA. Beach area I am painfully aware of this man's history...BUT now I am questioning everything I believe cause I thnk he's right!

      December 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
    • alessi

      Ditto as well ! Common sense finally sinking in.

      December 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
    • sk

      agreed, absolutely.

      December 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
    • Britwit

      People forget that Pat went to Harvard and is the son. of one very rich Virginia politician, AES Robertson.I'm sure that diamond-mine owner, Pat, "didn't inhale" just like the rest of us in the '60s – and, realizes that recreational hash is just that: recreational AND not heroin. Sometimes Pat lightens up and espouses things other than his jesus-freakzoid one-ups...

      December 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Festerbester

      First thing the guy has said which makes sense...actually realize now that he isn't insane.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
    • Steve Bashon

      Even a total A–hole gets it right sometimes. If Pat can come to this conclusion its to bad president Obama can't do the same!

      December 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
    • David

      So the for first time you agree with him and you still throw him under the bus? You're a tough sell.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • b25

      Tony, I agree with you on comparing the 3 drugs, however, you can get lung cancer or emphysema from smoking anything. So, it can eventually kill you. The healthiest way to use it is to eat it.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • saganhill

      Im guessing he is a closet user.

      December 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
    • dtboco3

      Oh no..I....I ...I...agree with Pat Robertson? AHHH...It is true. The world really is gonna end in 2012.

      December 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • Techdragon

      As a 24 year old student I find this to be a win in our book. Yes the man is crazy but in this single instance he is correct, as a 420 advocate I shall pack a bowl for you sir! Marijuana has helped me cool off after long days of class and has helped me make it through math classes as well as speech.

      December 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • Mohamed

      If feels here (outside) in Maryland as if Hell has indeed frozen over, so that may help explain why I actually agree with this nut for one.

      December 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
    • Lisa

      A right-wing Christian conservative expressed the truth for once. Maybe he is growing in some ways and looking at what our laws are really doing to our kids, costing the government, wasting law enforcement time, and dividing our communities. It's a start. The point is, he spoke up. You have to applaud that. He will take heavy heat.

      December 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Sherri

      I agree. However, in this case, I have to agree with him. MJ does not lead to other drugs, I don't care what they say. I know people who have smoked for 30 years and never gone on to anything else. Alcohol is far more dangerous. And we are locking people up for smoking pot. Filling up the prisons. It is insane. What I've always thought is that someone who smokes just gets mellow, gets the muchies etc. But someone who drinks too much gets violent, and is far more likely to commit a crime or get in a fight. I worked in a men's prison and most of the crimes were committed while drinking.

      December 27, 2010 at 2:30 am |
    • knowa1

      Fully legalize cannabis and you take the money out of drugs and you don't need more cops to do it. Let bring our cannabis POW's home we don't need there private prisons any more. The Bush family and CCA have had there snouts in the private prison trough long enough.

      December 27, 2010 at 9:57 am |
    • kat

      He has said some pretty bizarre things in the past. Let's hope his remarks are an omen that the GOP is getting ready to admit that the war on drugs can't be won. Its time to stop locking up our kids.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:07 am |
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