by John Grooms
Even in eventful, jam-packed 2010, this has to be the shocker of the year: Pat Robertson has come out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. Robertson, one of the founders of Americas Christian Right, former presidential candidate, calmer of hurricanes through prayer, and, in general, an out-of-touch, doddering loon, said on a recent episode of his 700 Club TV show, that criminalizing marijuana is ruining young people.
"We're locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana, said Robertson, and next thing you know they've got 10 years with mandatory sentences. ... 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." Glad you finally figured that out, Pat.
Actually, its hard to know how to react. Its good that Robertson, as well as other religious leaders (such as the Council of Churches and Church IMPACT, which helped promote California's failed Prop. 19 ballot initiative), are realizing the destructive legacy of marijuana prohibition. You have to wonder, though, whether Robertson thinks decriminalizing pot is a good idea, or if he just sees a quicker way to bring on Armageddon and Judgment Day.