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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. David Conner(VA) says:

      ^^^^^ so true!!

      (@CDXX)

    2. Smokey Joe says:

      I hope for Biden’s sake that he’s making an attempt at reverse psychology here. Dems support a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body – how is that different? Oh that’s right, it doesn’t meet the requirement of destroying an innocent life, so they feel the need to do so for our “protection”.

      http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/24/joe-biden-disagrees-with-pat-robertson-on-pot/

    3. Nic says:

      re: Religion

      Some have found Jesus

      Some have found Buddha

      as Jason said,

      Some are witness, I say too many laws, too many police, too many ruined lives.

      I have my only soul, my gateway to Eternity.

      I Wish You Peace

    4. David762 says:

      The Righteous Reverend Pat Robertson has embraced the decriminalization of cannabis? The Pat Robertson with vast commercial interests in Africa? The Pat Robertson who blamed 9/11/2001 on the abortionists, the atheists, and the gays? The Pat Robertson who called for the assassination of President Chavez of Venezuela?

      That Pat Robertson? Well Reverend Robertson, welcome aboard the pro-cannabis band-wagon. Your voice added to the cacophony is welcome, indeed. Hopefully, you will have some other changes-of-heart to reveal in public. Otherwise (no offense intended), I’d rather not sit next to you on this band-wagon, thanks.

    5. Genesis the Faith says:

      101 David Conner

      Today is the foundation for peace on earth, good will towards mankind. In todays CDXX Communion [the meaning of CDXX] we have a special prayer for those P.O.W’s who cannot be with friends and family because they are incarcerated, deprived of their freedom, and their Constitutional right of Sacrament. Our prayer says…”Set my brethren free.”

      To you Jason and to all my brethren, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Genesist Faith.

    6. Stompedonmyrights says:

      We the People of these United States of America insist and demand that the present elected government employees return of our Country’s Constitution to and upon the American People FORTHWITH!
      1. “The Constitution is a written instrument, as such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” South Carolina vs United States 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905).
      2. “Every word appears to have been weighted with the utmost deliberation and its effect to have been fully understood.” Wright vs United States, 302 U.S. 583 (1938)
      3. “Where rights are secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda vs Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
      4. “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the Constitution, a FRAUD is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.” State vs Sutton Minn. (147, 65 NW 262, 30 L.R.A. 630 Am. St. 459)
      We as Citizens of these United States have an absolute U.S. Constitutional Right to invoke Jury Nullification upon the any Court in the union as the last line of defense against a tyrannical wayward government, it’s unjustly applied laws, and protection against a corrupt legislative body. It is every US Citizen’s duty to defend our liberty and freedom by the use of Article 9 of the United States Bill of Rights.
      How do We the People of this fine country take back our liberty and freedom from a tyrannical wayward government? How do We the People get fair representation when our Legislators have been bought by corp. lobbyist and corrupted away from our nation’s constitutional values and principles? How do We the People get justice or a redress of grievance from any court when the lawyers have destroyed and corrupted the very rule of law? We the People are left with only one intact last line of peaceful defense to protect ourselves from the tyrants, “Jury Nullification” which 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 upon the Citizen.
      Dose the American Jury in criminal cases before the Court have the power and the Constitutional Right to nullify the law? Is Jury Nullification a violation of the principle of the rule of law? The Answer is both, yes, and no. While it is common today for court judges to tell their prospective jurors that they must apply the law as the court judge gives it to the jury and that jurors business is simple, it is to determine whether the defendant has broken the law or not. But that is not the founding father’s intention at all when they wrote the right to trial by jury clause in the 9th Article of the Bill of Rights. In 1782 Constitutional founding father Thomas Jefferson said,“…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 today blindly obey the court judge, but occasionally feelings run high enough in important cases for juries to ignore the judge and do the right thing.
      (4th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States v. Moylan, 1969)
      “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.”You as an American Juror are not obligated to enforce bad laws! You as an American Juror do not have to send your fellow citizens to jail or prison who you don’t think deserve to go there, regardless of what the prosecution says, regardless of the written law, and regardless of any court judge who tells you otherwise. You are not beholden to them, it is they who is beholden to you and every other citizens of American.

      “If the legislator clearly misinterprets a constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right.” Amos vs Mosley, 74 Fla. 555; 77 So. 619. (Congress)

    7. mtlasagna says:

      rev pr is preaching saving the flock some mooola.
      that kinda thing rings the bell of the compassionate con.

      the flock also doesn’t mind releasing the brown skinned people from prison either as long as they go home.

      had he made his presentation with a phatty on his lip … now that would have been better

      ya think these folks, when they at long last discover the cannabis bliss will praise da lawd!?

      even the kooks are gettin hip. haaaalaaaaaaaayLUUUUUUUJAH on dat.

      wo and nice

    8. Genesis the Faith says:

      I am a monothiest [belief in one God]. I don’t care if Pat Robertson is a primate with a large target tatooed on his chest – the man has taken a stand “in our favor.” For whatever his reason or purpose – he stands shoulder to shoulder with us. The man has put his ass on the line with a very large prohibitionist audience. That takes a great deal of balls and common sense. We should give him a geat deal praise for his courageous deed [which in my opinion is doing God’s work] – not throw rocks at him. We all know about casting the first stone. The true fact of the matter is…he doesn’t have to stand behind us…we should stand bedind him – 100%. Let’s not throw his ass to the lions with negative statements. In todays CDXX Communion we could examine our conscience and give thanks for the Rev’s support.

    9. Genesis the Faith says:

      107 mtlasgana

      You can believe that Robertson painfully considered law, reason, and common sense in his dedision to endorse a subsatance that [perhaps] contradicts his personal view. It is, however, his duty to God to use his “humane compassion” for his fellow man to over-ride the concerns of law. If the Rev. has alterior motives, he knows he will be judged by his boss. I don’t think he would risk that. I sure wouldn’t want God stalking me!

    10. Anthony Buycks says:

      Wow, this network kind of scares me. Everything they talk about is fear inducing things aimed at one of the largest religions in the US, Christianity. Is this news?

    11. indiana pothead says:

      i stopped smoking pot for the day when i read this one just had to make sure i wasn’t to high

    12. Nic says:

      Amazing Grace How sweet the sounds, that saved a wretch like me, so many ruined lives, it is time for all good people to also stand up, enough is enough I refuse to to toss the first stone.

    13. Rebel with a Cause says:

      Forgive me for being inquisitive but I can’t stop wondering if the Rev. has had any confrontation with Michele Leonart yet. Leonart, with her worst intentions, has made medical cannabis a target. A target does not leave a favorable impression. I wonder how the Rev. would react if we made it clear that anyone who would confirm her appointment as Director of the DEA, would themselves become a target in the next elections. I personally, make no bones about it. I would vote for my bad neighbor’s constantly barking dog before I would vote for anyone who would give Leonart a thumbs up. Hey! everything has a price. Not hearing the voice of the people carries a huge price tag.

    14. Ozlanthos says:

      I know for certain now that the world is in fact coming to an end. I’d swear that if you look at the Mayan Calendar, the second to last sign of the apocalypse is a picture of Pat Robertson trying to hand you a joint! So get your guns, stock up on food, ammo, lighters and rolling papers! Pat Robertson has signaled to us that there is one more sign, and then it’s lights out!

      -Oz

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    16. Rebel with a Cause says:

      Prohobitionists say the darnest things! The fact that they are prohibs speaks for itself. Maybe we should say a prayer for them – because – if anybody ever needed a prayer – it’s them!!! So! “Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do.”

    17. Nic says:

      Who tossed the first stone

      I wonder why

    18. Galileo Galilei says:

      This seems like good news. He appeals to and influences a whole group of people very, very different from me.

    19. Genesis the Faith says:

      117 Nic

      There was a young man who spent much of his time trying to figure out how he could fool the old man. One day he said to his click; I know, he said, I’ll hold a bird cupped in my hands. I’ll ask the old man; old man, is the bird in my hands dead or alive. If the old man says the bird is alive, I’ll squeeze my hands until the bird is dead. If the old man says the bird is dead, I’ll open my hands and the bird will fly away. So the young man went to the old man and said; “Old man, is the bird in my hands dead or alive.” The old man replied; “My son, the bird is in your hands.”

      The stone was “in the hands” of the first one to make a negative statement about a wise old man’s motive. Why the stone was thrown is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure; “Ya don’t bite the hand that feeds ya.”

    20. Nic says:

      Are you certain/sure about the motives of the first one to toss a stone, do you have enough feed?

      How much longer can this cruel world survive ?

      I pray with my only soul, and I see

      Cannabis and the dreams surprise you, so many have inhaled and became world leaders, is it your time?

      I pray for your tormented soul/mind

    21. Genesis the Faith says:

      120 Nic

      We always wanted a “Pide Piper of pot reform.” Now we got one – so – let’s see where he leads us. His tune is simply to protect his flock from the perils of the Justice System. God bless him for that.

      The stone thrower will just have to find justice in his or her own conscience. He who is free of bad mouthing a good deed [can] cast the first stone. Who would that be – and – why?

    22. Regel with a Cause says:

      2 barf

      Hey barf man! Check out Christians for Cannabis.

    23. Nic says:

      The Justice System is broken, it has been corrupted.

    24. Genesis the Faith says:

      123 Nic

      Three choices – right!

      !. Shoot the bastards! Shakespeare said “Shoot all the lawyers.” They’re all lawyers.
      2. Stand up! You have to be willing to fall where you stand.
      3. Suicide? Suicide is not as easy as it sounds. It will scratch that itch one can’t get to.
      4. I guess the choice is number 2.

    25. P.A.M.P says:

      See i told yall praying works. Now if all of yall who are not regester to vote get regster and vote

    26. Genesis the Faith says:

      125 P.A.M.P

      Of course you’re right – “praying works.” It’s a “collective force” – and – the force be with ya!. You get 50% praying for it – and – it won’t matter what the 50% praying against says or does – ho hum!
      You gather the 50% praying for it, and put them on the steps of government, that collective mass will stretch to the Pacific Coast. Government will pay attention if they “think” somebody has a rope in their hand.

      The CDXX Revival
      San Diego Colony

    27. Nic says:

      @ 124

      and wondering

    28. Nic says:

      I submit the blood

      The Justice System is Broken

    29. Nic says:

      When option 3 becomes unprofitable

      We’ those people will come forth to take you Prohibitionists down, an extra foot deep so you will be buried.

      Never to remember the likes of such insanity.

    30. Rex says:

      Now it should be considered as a holy smoke….

    31. Melissa says:

      Hell,even my grandmother got a bottle of wine (for the first time) because Pat Robertson said it was good for your health. Pat,thank you for the support and endorsement!

    32. Gensis the Faith says:

      127, 128, 129 Nic

      I think we’re on the same page – but – I’m not sure.

    33. Nic says:

      This eve unfolds a new year, I wish you all peace in 2011.

      I pray for all the young people/citizens in prisons.

      If your only crime was inhaling cannabis, woe to the jailer, woe to the police, woe to the judge, secretly in your dreams you realize your place.

      The Place is in your ‘mind, The Space is your ‘soul

    34. Gensis the Faith says:

      “Unique – as individuals – we live our lives – and comprehend our existence – within our minds – at the level of our awareness. It is our mind that makes it so.” It’s my conscience, that voice from “within,” the Familiar Spirit of God, that my spirit self answers to.” The individual mind is its own private place, guarded by our conscience – as the King – that ethical part of us that decides what we are going to do – as the warrior – that has a task transcendent to our self – that part of us that is the defender of the boundaries [not the warrior that is the killer]. Like God, our eyes are open, and we know good from evil [Genesis III:5], that which lies at the core of every religion. Evil must exist, so that good may exist. The struggle between good and evil is the primal disease of the mind. Good and evil are a battle ground for our individual eternal soul. Free will can lead us to good or evil – but – Genesists are not hubris, and above all else, express no comparison [set apart] or superiority to any religion, as all religions are devoted to God. It could be said that there is no good or evil, [it is] only the mind that makes it so. We alone, as individuals, hold the power to allow or reject the forces of evil to creep into, consume our soul, and hold us in bondage to it. “We live our lives – on the basis of our knowledge of good and evil – guided by our conscience.” [It is] our mind that makes it so. So then! – this is why [it is] the Genesist’s free, true, un-weakened, and fearless Conscience that invites evil’s presence – “calls it out – to appear – in plain sight – face to face – toe to toe – to do battle.” Genesists have certainty that evil is not a difficult enemy [force] to defeat. Genesists are confident that evil and its minions are no match for Equilibrium of the Soul – that Equilibrium of the Soul is impossible to conquer.

    35. Nic says:

      The correct word eludes my mind, yet my soul says AMEN.

      When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political and spiritual bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

      Stay In The Light

    36. Deek&Fawn says:

      The people speak, but our corrupt government only listens to big business. Land of the rich and home of the slaves!!!!!

    37. Gensis the Faith says:

      135 Nic

      I don’t think spiritual bonds is quoted – but – we hear the words anyway. Did you check out Gives Thanks and Praises post 25. Divide and conquer is one thought. A house divided, will not stand, is another. I suggest the “Reformation” – take a stand – seek FREEDOM – the word you are looking for. Seek the truth. The truth will defeat the “Big Lie.” The truth will set you FREE.

      Yes! Stay in the light.
      Genesis the Faith – San Diego Colony.

    38. Nic says:

      One Step Into Infinity

      Infinite Eternal Justice, The Light Illuminates The Path

      Is it time?

      Do you wonder, who do you trust?

      Do you trust Eric Holder, Do you trust a Holy priest, do you trust your Lawyer, do you trust your neighbor ?

      In the meantime ‘we the people are slaughtered The Fat and The Rich only want to be fed.

      Austerity

      Prepare

      Prepare your spiritual ‘place”

    39. Genesis the Faith says:

      138 Nic

      “Trust Your self.” Trust in what you believe. Stand up for what you believe in. Let your conscience be your guide. You’re on the right path when your on your individual path.

      Genesis the Faith – San Diego Colony.

    40. Can it be… When will weed be legal. But while its not herbal incense is

    41. Disabled Veteran says:

      here is the video of Pat saying it on the 700 Club
      http://t.co/mAGDf6dZ

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