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Holy Hemp! Pat Roberston Supports Ending Cannabis Prohibition In An Effort To Get ‘Smart On Crime’

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 22, 2010

    Break out the recorders! Don’t let this one get away!

    If I didn’t watch it with my own eyes I might not believed it possible: Televangelist and former Baptist minister Pat Robertson making a cogent argument on alternatives to arresting and incarcerating citizens who use drugs, with a clear emphasis on legalizing the possession of a few ounces of cannabis.

    The 700 Club segment on alternatives to crime helps promote a new right-of-center organization that seeks to actively lobby for reform of the criminal justice system principally as a poor use of scant public funds called Right on Crime. Notable conservative activists such as Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, American Conservative Union’s David Keane and Prison Fellowship Ministries’ Pat Nolan are spearheading this important new front in the now 40-year-old effort to reform cannabis laws.

    Also, with unbelievable karmic timing, Pat Robertson endorses ending Cannabis Prohibition for possession of a few ounces at the 4:20 mark of the video.

    Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

    142 Responses to “Holy Hemp! Pat Roberston Supports Ending Cannabis Prohibition In An Effort To Get ‘Smart On Crime’”

    1. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

      Don’t forget that this guy agreed with Jerry Falwell about 9/11 being caused by gays, feminists, and “abortionists”. Pat himself claimed God sent Hurricane Katrina to punish New Orleans for hosting a gay pride convention. Still, for ol’ Pat to connect the dots from a couple of ounces of pot to mandatory minimums to creating criminals of youth to wasting time and money was a miracle.

      As for the rest, I’m fine with prisoners (ones that deserve and require imprisonment) given the opportunity to find religion and religious fellowship, so long as there are equal opportunities at redemption given without religion (access to education, non religious fellowships, etc.) for the non-believers.

    2. Peter Meeter says:

      This means all the hypocritical ” Devil ( & most of them are ) worshipping liars that call themselves Christians that there actually is one real Christian out there .

    3. Peter Meeter says:

      Hmmm, good point, Russ .Guess i should of read all the posts ( especially yours ) before making any comments . Ol’ Pat has gotten better but, obviously has still got some polishing up to do .

      Maybe God will give him another chance -

    4. woodpicker says:

      Praise the Lord and pass the Puna Butter!

    5. Atlanta Toker says:

      Every minister or men of the cloth that really cares about the people in his church should feel the exact same way. If they really care about the people in their community they will start drives within the church and communities to stop arresting individuals every 37 seconds for posession of marijuana. It is immoral. You know its interesting that a backwoods preacher can finally see the truth but the United Nations which if fully aware that 10’s of thousands of people are dying every day in this world over this very issue and the United Nations are mute. When will the United Nations finally show some balls and state that any penalty for the posession of marijuana is immoral. How about it United Nations? You cant let the the US Govt buy you off forever, If you allow that youll lose credibility. (Thats funny right there now, the word credibility and the United Nations in the same sentence. lol)

    6. Rev.sLeezy says:

      Holy Smokes. HOLY SMOKES.

      The Rev.sLeezy

    7. Cory says:

      I’ve always thought that the constituencies of social conservatives as a major stumbling block for legalization, under the premise they will come out in droves to protect their children from candidates supporting perfectly acceptable adult behavior. But with the recent shift in polling trends over the past five/six years, due to electoral shifts from the generational gap, I view this as further signaling a tipping point in the shift of cultural mores. The plan to convert prisoners to see the holy light sounded eerily akin to scientology, but secularists like myself party with succubus.

    8. Russ..your brilliant . You seem to have a way with taking the words directly out of my mind and mouth then putting it on ” paper ” . Couldn’t agree with you more .
      I also agree that Christians are not Christians when they justify persecuting anyone using Marijuana while they use Alcohol and other ” man made ” drugs . I have a friend named, Don Chin who deeply believes he is a Christian, lives in a near million dollar home, uses drugs containing caffeine and drinks Alcohol then condems me because of a medical need of Marijuana .

      Ridiculous .

    9. JDNCGAZ says:

      Even HIS GOD allows him to see the light.All of the plants on this planet are here for a reason.Marijuana just happened to be the most misunderstood, or was it.The people who smoke pot responsibly function just fine on a daily basis.The government and RELIGOUS factions of this country are the ones who fight legaization the hardest.
      My daughter asked me would I let a 12 yr. old smoke pot? I said no of course, ALTHOUGH if said child insisted on doing it anyway I would also prefer they do it at home so they can be supervised.This is responsible parenting.THANK GOD MY CHILDREN ARE GROWN AND RAISED!!!!In this day and age if your 12 yr old is smoking pot and gets caught ,they can say goodbye and so can the parents since parents are responsible for their childrens actions,Just more money and federal funds to be wasted on incarcerating the population of this country.We lead the world in number of prisons and number of people in prison.When are the people of this country going to wake up and demand a stop be put to this failed policy?

    10. CDXX says:

      35 Jon
      36 Steven
      40 Rational Voice
      50 Okie Nate
      Checkout Christians for Cannabis .com

      42 Massvocals
      Genesis I:29,30,31…God’s law.

      “That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Now! everyone is talkin’ God. He was there when we needed him – we just weren’t there. Be proud of God and his gift of Sacrament. Can’t ya feel God’s love!

    11. True American says:

      2012 here we come!

    12. True American says:

      We even got the NUTS onboard now….Yeah! Hm I guess – Right

    13. Paul csuhta says:

      I have supported doctor robertson for 25 years as a member of the 700 club and the user of medicinal marijuana for longer and people should listen to this man he’s been very successful in life any news many things take his word on this 1

    14. Auxesis says:

      The religious proselytizing on these comments is ridiculous. Decriminalization and legalization needs to be bipartisan, religiously tolerant, and accepting movement. That being said, I agree with Buchanan on pot, despite his insane religious views and homophobia.

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    16. J says:

      I’m not religious but I think if hell exist it just froze over!!! Maybe someone can get in contact with these religious organizations who are serious about ending prohibition and add them to our team and finally end the war on drugs!!!

    17. Don says:

      I’m happy to have another voice in our favor – and it’s a very recognizable and powerful one (in that it reaches lots of people who may have been waiting for a sign from God). As an athiest, I disagree with almost every word that comes out of his mouth however. But, maybe now our elected leaders will pay attention; I know, I’m probably dreaming…

      If I get the chance, Gary Johnson will definately get my vote to become the next president.

    18. Walker says:

      I have always placed value on Dr. Robertson’s viewpoints. Historically, his insight has preluded future events.

    19. RevGMS says:

      Wow Dude, did I wake up in bizarro world? As a philosophical Buddhist, I seldom have occasion to agree with Mr. Robertson, so this was a nice Xmas surprise.

    20. WOW!…. hell has frozen over… or something…. there has to be a catch…

    21. Jed The head says:

      When the numbers are so bad that even the Christian right can see that our drug laws are killing our society it makes me wonder how long it will take our elected officials to wake up and change this horrible law! I guess it has become obvious to most of us that this really needs to change. It also says a lot about how powerful the prohibition lobby is!!!

    22. Ray says:

      its GREAT that Pat has said this.. but its not time for us to relax… We should get twice as loud… Mr. Robertson’s comment will make it easier for us to be heard. but now I recomend we get as loud as possible. and every spare second we have posting or saying something about legalization or educating people. then relax BIGTIME when its legalized!!

    23. Retired Navy says:

      If Mr Robertson is reading this website, I just want to thank him for having the balls to do what so many others haven’t: speak the truth.

    24. NATURAL LAW… in full effect! Gotta love the 4:20 timeline. Divine intervention or Jesus just saying ‘HIGH’ :-]

      Happy Holidays!

      pROMOTE pEACE

    25. christian mom says:

      I am a NORML-supporting believer in the whole of the Apostles’ Creed, a humble sinner depending on faith in Jesus’s shed blood, wanting to use (medicinally) God’s garden as He provided including raw milk and cannabis, and I am so VERY glad to fully back Mr. Robertson’s position. This is possibly even better than Dobson’s repudiation of the GOP-backed RINO in favor of backing libertarian Constitutionalist Rand Paul in Kentucky’s Senate race, as an indicator of a sincere belief in our Declaration of Independence for which some of “my people” fought in the Revolution. So happy to say I TOLD YOU SO NORML!

    26. wash-voter says:

      Seems like the ONLY segment of our society that still believes in prohibition are the ones who are paid to keep it in place.
      Funny that.
      Merry Christmas peace mongers.

    27. Nic says:

      It has come for the time of reason, I Pray

      For my only soul ponders This World

    28. Jabroni says:

      Ever since I was like 14, I openly wondered to just about anyone why alcohol was legal, but cannabis illegal, since alcohol is objectively so much worse.

      Now I’m just happy that more people are supporting ending cannabis prohibition, and I’m gonna smoke some medical cannabis to celebrate.

    29. Waitin4Change says:

      This should wake up some of the “Bible Beaters” here in the south. Most of the “Bible Beaters” don’t even realize that their neighbors are growing it! The Hemp industry would revitalize all those little southern towns that use to make textiles. Hopefully, we’ll be able to farm big plots AND have them blessed!!!

    30. darkcornersc says:

      I thank GOD for it.
      Its time for the Church deal with the issue.
      I think that Pat might actually realize, or perhaps be aware, that millions of people who also happen to be Christians use pot. He is not an idiot and many people value his opinion. You might find that he could sway a lot of people who have no interest in legalization to move to a more moderate position.

      NORML should acknowledge him and make a genuine effort to enlist his endorsement.

    31. lefty avenger says:

      Marijuana will be legalized when the U.S. government runs out of money and goes bankrupt. It’s pretty ironic that this is going to happen. With the way things are going maybe sooner than later! Even the God crew is going under.

    32. Blak says:

      ya know, he is so right about prison damaging young people. a close friend of mine went to prison at 19 for possession of marijuana, for 5 years and is completely changed because of it. Living in prison is a mind altering experience. and it is definitely one of those things you don’t realize until you’re close with someone who has been through it.

    33. Ray says:

      You guys have got to try the new snow cones they’re making in hell….

    34. [...] While pro-legalization groups like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) may have read too much into Robertson’s comments, the televangelist says he does not support [...]

    35. Darrell kilgore says:

      Even though Pat Robinson probably meant what he said; his christian Coalition Brothers say his comment was taken out of context. Kinda like the head of the DEA saying the war on drugs is working ,just look at all the deaths in Mexico.kinda like Obama saying he would be alright with what science agrees on,or even when Gil the drug czar was the top cop in Seatle( marijuana was his least priority)a new gov job,hell no on MJ decriminalization. cannabis will never be legal until a national revolt.

    36. [...] bakeries took a step closer to legalization when evangelist Pat Robertson came out in favor of marijuana legalization as a way to get smart on crime. This growing coalition [...]

    37. Genesis the Faith says:

      Make no mistake – Robertson doesn’t approve of cannabis, he disapproves of destroying “young lives” because of a couple of puffs of cannabis. I give the man credit for having good sense. Too bad the politicos in his flock can’t follow his lead. Maybe he will be the good shepherd and save his flock from the wolves. Let’s hope so.

    38. Nic says:

      Another Christmas present to the people in Florida

      Gov.-elect Scott gives state workers pink slips for Christmas

      http://www.floridacapitalnews.com/article/20101222/CAPITOLNEWS/12220326

      “Scores of employees in the upper reaches of state government, including the governor’s drug czar and his small staff, got pink slips during the week before Christmas.”

      Onward Christian Soldiers

      Now to root out Calvina Fay and her piss in the cup partners.

      Merry Christmas

    39. fishcreekbob says:

      Pat’d eyes are not open to the truth. We are the greatest funders of terrorism. When we fuel our gas tanks and the war on drugs funds terrorism. Biden responded to Pat this morning saying no to legallising that he thinks it is a gateway.

    40. jason says:

      As a therapy, I agree that religion can be useful. However, they should offer inmates their choice of religion, at least – and choosing one should only be mandatory for violent offenders; Thieves, while annoying, don’t actually hurt anyone (before someone says it – any form of armed robbery is a violent crime, not just theft). Taking away a couple of years of their life because of money is more than enough punishment, but to additionally force them to believe something is cruel and unusual.

      Then, everything that isn’t theft or an act of violence shouldn’t be considered a crime that can land you in prison. Further, we’d have to work on our justice system, and make sure there are no mistakes when it comes to verdicts. Under these conditions, and these conditions only, would I accept the state forcing religion on prisoners.

    41. jason says:

      I’ve said it a million times, and I never see anyone else say it in a debate with a prohibitionist: Even assuming everything the media and government says about marijuana is true, how is giving someone a criminal record going to help them? If having a criminal record is so great for one’s future, why don’t we have a ‘slap-a-cop’ day on college campuses? Imagine how that would have helped the last three presidents to have had a criminal record for smoking pot. Or is it only poor people that it helps to have a criminal record? If there is too many of them to pay them all to bottle our soda and cook our fries, so we can cart some off to prison to boost our stock in the prison industry, is that it?

    42. Stompedonmyrights says:

      “Jury nullification” means that a jury finds a defendant innocent because the law itself is unjust, or is unjust in a particular application, and so should not be applied.

      Does an American Jury have the power and the right to nullify the law? Is nullification a violation of the principle of the rule of law? Yes, and no, While it is common today for court judges to tell prospective jurors that they must apply the law as the court judge gives it to them and that jurors business is simply to determine whether the defendant has broken the law or not. But that is not the founding father’s intention by the right to trial by jury described in the Bill of Rights. As Thomas Jefferson said in 1782;
      “…it is usual for the jurors to decide the fact, and to refer the law arising on it to the decision of the judges. But this division of the subject lies with their discretion only. And if the question relate to any point of public liberty, or if it be one of those in which the judges may be suspected of bias, the jury undertake to decide both law and fact.”
      Thomas Jefferson is not talking about nullification per se, but about the power the jury has by taking the interpretation of the law into its own hands at trail.
      We have this District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals case of the Unites States v. Dougherty, (1972), which said,
      “The jury has an unreviewable and irreversible power…to acquit in disregard of the instructions on the law given by the trial judge…The pages of history shine on instances of the jury’s exercise of its prerogative to disregard uncontradicted evidence and instructions of the judge; for example, acquittals under the fugitive slave law.”
      Does jury nullification contribute to, rather than mitigate, such judicial misbehavior? No, because it is part of the system of checks and balances itself — a check against the bias of judges and the irrationality and corruption that creeps steadily into the law, as irresponsible legislators and judges think about things other than justice. Jury nullification is not a violation of the rule of law because it is part of the rule of law.
      The jury is the last line of defense, the last check and balance, against tyrannical government, if, that is, it is charged with determining the justice of a case and not just with blindly applying the law as given by a judge.

      The interpretation of the law cannot be trusted to those with the power to enforce it also. The separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive in the federal government was not sufficient to prevent this, as
      Jefferson’s maxim that only trial by jury can hold a government to the “principles of its constitution.” Since, as a matter of fact, a jury can practice nullification even if the judge tells it that it can’t, because its deliberations are secret and unrecorded, trial by jury is still, as long as jurors are brave and informed, one of the most important protections for freedom. Most Americans on jury duty blindly obey the judge, but occasionally feelings run high enough in important cases for juries to ignore the judge and do the right thing.

      If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence…If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic or passion, the jury has the power to acquit, and the courts must abide by that decision.4th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States v. Moylan, 1969

    43. fishcreekbob says:

      Will you Rev Robertson tell the whole truth? Hemp laws are treason against the Republic. I read the US has 950 million acres of agracultural land. We use 400 million acres for food production. If we would have listened to George Washington, Hemp plant it everywhere. We would have the 10’s of million acres to produce all our fuel and oil needs. Instead we fund terrorism at the pumps and to help terrorists more we fund the war on drugs to drive that funding to billions. Who do We The People want to fund? American farmers or 74 years of propaganda scare tactics lie’s. Don’t be afraid to be a great man. Just tell the truth. Please. Ps How many cancers does it have to cure to be our birth right?

    44. 4th of July 2010 I drafted a letter faith leaders of all persuasion titled…

      – FORMAL LETTER OF REQUEST TO PERFORM DISCUSSION ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA –

      ‘POT IN THE PULPIT INCLUDING ALL OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP’

      Fell FREE to download, read it and pass it around here: http://www.basicexposure.com/SG_Freedom_Leaf_.html

      pROMOTE pEACE/hEMP/cANNABIS

    45. Rebel with a Cause says:

      93 fishcreekbob

      Biden!!! Don’t make me laugh!!! I mean don’t make me cry!!!

    46. CDXX says:

      95 Jason

      Felons can’t vote. That means that’s one less vote for legalization. How many pot felons are there? Voter thinning is just as ??? as population thinning. A criminal record helps the prohibs. They don’t care who they destroy. The end justifies the means. That’s what Robertson is opposed to.

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