Posted by Brad @ 5:11 pm on March 6th 2012

Pat Robertson…on Weed

Pat Robertson goes on another anti-marijuana criminalization rant on the 700 Club.

We here in America make up 5% of the world’s population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners.[…]

I became sort of a hero of the hippie culture, I guess, when I said I think we ought to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.

I just think it’s shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy.

We’ve said, “we’re ‘conservative, we’re tough on crime.” That’s baloney. It’s costing us billions and billions of dollars.

Think of California. California is spending more money on prisons than it spends on schools. There’s something wrong about that equation.[…]

Folks, we’ve gotta do something about this. We’ve just got to change the laws. We cannot allow this to continue. It is sapping our vitality. Think of this great land of freedom. We have the highest rate of incarceration of any nation on the face of the Earth. That’s a shocking statistic.[…]

More and more prisons, more and more crime. It’s just shocking, especially this business about drug offenses. It’s time we stop locking up people for possession of marijuana. We just can’t do it anymore…You don’t lock ’em up for booze unless they kill somebody on the highway.

Of course, all those […]s were cutting out the rest of his commentary, in which he blames this state on liberals, but still, it constantly amazes me that such a huge swath of the country, representing such a wide array of backgrounds and even ideologies, sincerely believe this – and yet it’s still cordoned off as not belonging to “serious” political discussion, much less potential legislative action.

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