In one of the stranger developments in the battle to legalize marijuana, comes a new ally from an unexpected source…
Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson has called for the “drug” to be legalized and regulated like alcohol.
In a New York Times interview last week, Mr. Robertson correctly points out how being tough on pot has led to massive overcrowding in prisons, excessive penalties for possession and billions of dollars being wasted on law enforcement.
The statistics back him up.
In 2010, According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, there were over 850,000 arrests for marijuana with 88% of those for simple possession. In fact, there are more people arrested for marijuana related offenses than all violent crimes combined.
That make anybody feel safer?
Total drug arrests are a whopping 1.6 million a year-which works out to three Americans beingg arrested a minute for drug violations. Though Mr. Robertson’s remarks are only directed at legalizing pot, the entire drug war is a massive drain on state resources, not to mention a colossal failure.
Mr. Robertson’s voice for legalization is an important one.
His television show, the 700 Club, has millions of viewers who respect what he has to say. He’s the kind of advocate for marijuana legalization that can penetrate the right-wing supporters of the drug war and who can change hearts and minds.
The time has come to legalize and tax marijuana like alcohol and tobacco.
With Federal, State and Municipal budgets hemorrhaging red ink, we can no longer afford to keep pot illegal and continue to waste dwindling public resources on the arrest, prosecution and incarceration of pot smokers. Not when governments desperately need the new revenue streams that legalizing marijuana could provide.
Pat Robertson, being the Evangelist he is, is preaching the Word of G-d by advocating the legalization of marijuana.
As it’s written in the Bible, Genesis 1, Verse 29: “See, I give you every seed bearing plant that is upon the Earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours.”
Christians, Jews and Muslims who support keeping marijuana illegal need to check the scriptures and re-evaluate your positions.