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Reverend Pat Robertsons suprising take on pot

In a stunning revelation, influential christian conservative Reverend Pat Robertson has recently called for the decriminalization of marijuana. This is very interesting, because you would not think that a southern baptist minister such as Robertson would have these views. He seems to finally admit what many have been saying for years…that the war on drugs has spent billions, but not achieved the results that many had hoped. The reverend references the huge cost of fighting this futile war:

We’re probably spending more on prisons than on education,” the segment notes, and argues that, given the “50% failure rate” of the prison system (a statistic based on one claiming that 50% of all prisoners end up committing a second crime), it’s time for a change in the way prisoners are handled, this time with less “secular” appeal and with more of a biblical approach.

Robertson is advocating the use of faith-based programs, and other types of treatment and counseling that will be much more cost effective, while at the same time being much more effective at helping those with drug addiction. He also rails against the many Republicans who have for years ran on the “tough on crime” mantle, which gets them elected, but is the wrong approach to curbing drug problems:

He goes on to speak more truth…its refreshing to see someone tell it like it is, especially on the right end of the spectrum. I didn’t know that was possible. Here’s more from the reverend:

“We’re locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana and next thing you know they’ve got 10 years with mandatory sentences,” Robertson continued. “These judges just say, they throw up their hands and say nothing we can do with these mandatory sentences. We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of ‘em.

“I’m … 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.”

I am very happy to see someone as conservative as Pat Robertson coming to the realization that we must be smart and creative in how we fight crime, not just tough. With states facing extreme budget shortfalls, we must find the most cost effective way to handle crime that we can.

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