Pat Robertson Clarifies Position on Marijuana Laws

A day after delighting the reform movement and presumably causing drug warriors nationwide to spit coffee on their keyboards, the Christian Broadcasting Network would like to clarify Pat Robertson's remarks. I received this email today.


Dr. Robertson did not call for the decriminalization of marijuana. He was advocating that our government revisit the severity of the existing laws because mandatory drug sentences do harm to many young people who go to prison and come out as hardened criminals. He was also pointing out that these mandatory sentences needlessly cost our government millions of dollars when there are better approaches available. Dr. Robertson's comments followed a CBN News story about a group of conservatives who have proven that faith-based rehabilitation for criminals has resulted in lower repeat offenders and saved the government millions of dollars. Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs.

Chris Roslan
Spokesman for CBN

We're getting into semantics here, I guess, but if this isn't a call for decriminalization, it's pretty much the functional equivalent:

We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes, and that’s one of them. I mean, I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possession of just a few ounces of pot, and that kind of thing, I mean it’s costing us a fortune, and it’s ruining young people.

I suppose it's ok to make the case for reform and still maintain discomfort with the typical vocabulary of the legalization movement. I'm cool with that, and I apologize for my choice of words yesterday. But what I got out of it was an exciting email from CBN basically reiterating the fact that the drug war hurts young people, so I've got nothing but good things to say about the whole situation.

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The drug war hurts everyone,

The drug war hurts everyone, except those who are benefiting from the incarceration of the worlds most peaceful people. The rate at which the world is destroying peoples lives,is alarming to say the least, and disturbing to the peaceful peoples of the world. Pat Robertson's remarks strike the prohibitionists like a kick in the butt,but that won't stop the DRUG WAR WARRIORS from continuing their merciless campaign against the worlds most peaceful people. I have worked hard my whole life,spent time in the United States military fighting for my country in another one of Americas wars(one of many),and raising two great kids. But what kills me is the fact that everything that I've worked for all these years could all be gone up in smoke,if I decided to smoke a little weed. The laws against cannabis are ancient and barbaric and are causing major harm and death all over the world. Peaceful people can see this,I don't think the DRUG WAR WARRIORS ever will. PEACE

Worldwide plague

It's called the DEA and It maintains offices all over the planet where it's one job is to make sure that no one gets to enjoy a drug without the fear that an Amerikan drug agent just might come crashing through the door or that they just may assist the local cops in seeing that you spend a good portion of your life in prison.In countries all over the world these thugs kill with impunity and train others to do the same.They actually believe they are saving the world.One day we will save the world from the DEA.


I don't think anyone at the DEA actually thinks they are "saving the world", I think each and every one of them fully knows the damage they are doing and enjoys doing that damage.  They are of the the same exact mindset as people who are the violent kind of REAL criminals (thieves, vandals, rapists, murderers, fraudsters, etc.) and the fact they are sanctioned by government makes them all that much worse for the rest of society than those other criminals.  Whether they do the job for money, status or enjoyment, they are the kind of people society SHOULD be isolating in prisons, instead of harmless drug users.

As for the first commenter's claim that they are putting all the peaceful people in prison, yeah, they need people in prison who will be unable to defend themselves against the violent criminals who are incarcerated, to keep those violent ones happily victimizing other prisoners rather than guards and making trouble for the owners of the prisons (not to mention providing gladiatorial entertainment for said guards).

(Shit this turned into a rant

(Shit this turned into a rant instead of a couple-sentence whatever.... welllllllllllll I guess look up 'Leftover Crack - One Dead Cop' before starting this one, enjoy the reading, and hopefully you can also vent some anger through hypothetical textNah I think drug enforcers like the DEA and the county-level SWAT teams believe they're doing good things and aren't able to perceive what they do as destructive.  For example, I was watching SWAT: Miami Dade County SWAT (or of similar name) and after the SWAT team of 20 + members smashed a door, threw a flashbang grenade into a family's living room, then did the whole SWAT team guns drawn thing, and after everything was cleared, check this out: a 16-year-old girl who lived in the invaded house clung to her front lawn fence, rocking back and forth, her extremities shaking uncontrollably, crying but not sobbing because she was so distant none of her emotions seemed to be related to what just happened, sitting totally silent, unresponsive to queries abotu her well-being or needs... well, the lead SWAT officer who invaded the house asks her a couple questions about how she feels, then stands in front of her telling the camera about how the girl has asthma, and the SWAT team's entry must have caused her asthma to flare up, and then the SWAT guy starts talking about how angry he is that there are people evil enough in the world to sell drugs and cause this young girl an unnecessary attack by forcing the SWAT team's hand... HEY ASSHOLE - IT'S CALLED SHOCK, SHE'S IN SHOCK from your military assault on her family's civilian home in the American suburbs.  No, she is not having an asthma attack, shes not short of breath gasping for air reaching for her rescue inhaler asking for your help - no, she's reflecting upon the near-death experience you just caused her as a long term, chronic, treatment-resistant psychological deathknell known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder takes hold of and dominates her thoughts (as it will for many or all the remaining years of her life), like, SWAT guy - stop ranting about how upset you are that the evil drug dealers forced this SWAT situation and are causing her pain... she's not talking to you because she's looking at your and your partners' guns fantasizing about invading your house shooting your dogs and arresting YOU, the father of YOUR family... and it's because you broke into her house unannounced, using MILITARY TACTICS brandishing MILITARY SUBMACHINE GUNS wearing military uniforms with military... agh... you know what, we need someone analogous to Showtime's Dexter (a morally-strict and complicated serial killer who kills only other killers who have gotten away with murder) to prey on the SWAT members who violently invade their own neighborhoods regularly.  This SWAT-team-overseeing vigilante will break into and totally trash SWAT members' houses, shoot their dogs, put their gun muzzles to the heads of the SWAT members' wives and children, force them to kneel in their underwear outside in the below-freezing cold, berate them, tell them to leave their houses, their neighborhoods, their state, to take their "SWAT-head opinions" elsewhere because "you're not welcome here!"

Praise The Lord! But . . .

Would just like to say, I believe the title of this should be "CBN Clarifies Pat Robertson's position on Marijuana Laws." Because even though he said he is against the use of illegal drugs he did not say he was against the regulation of drugs, which ironically enough would make the drug no longer illegal and thus would make their last comment a moot point. But they love trying to be tricky. And, how anyone can infer that he meant anything except making cannabis use not a crime from the sentence "We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes, and that’s one of them." is beyond me.

Honestly though, Best WTF moment of the year.


All joking aside I am very proud of what he did. We must view it in its context. To stand up in front of every Social Conservative Hardline Religious Fanatic in this country and say what he said takes immense courage. To the best of his knowledge he could have been committing a career suicide for standing up for what he believes. We must embrace those who have the courage to do what he did and find a way to help them, help us, help change the laws in this country. If we want to seriously see the laws change in our lifetime we are going to need to help change the minds of the Religious Conservatives in this country and people like Pat Robertson can be the catalyst for that sort of change. I am going to be sending him a letter telling him how wonderful it was to hear him speaking up for the change we need to see in our drug laws that will help keep drugs out of the hands of children so we can keep children out of our prisons. I encourage anyone to do the same. Just imagine the amount of people who could be properly educated on the benefits of drug law reform through a man like Pat Robertson. This is a great opportunity. I hope others realize it as much as I have.

The Whole World is Watching

At this moment, Tulsa, Oklahoma is suffering a major scandal involving local cops who were corrupted by the drug war.  Tulsa is also the home of Pat Robertson’s evangelical movement.  It takes a close-up of the drug war to really emphasize its total craziness, and the scandal is something that may have initiated Mr. Robertson’s Christmas gift to moral sanity.

Whatever prompted Mr. Robinson’s response to drug war procedures, the result is a good thing.  People have very strong ideas about where they should get their facts.  It’s a matter of trust more so than the facts alone.  Here’s hoping enough people trust Pat Robertson to lighten up on cannabis and thereby make a difference in 2012.


"Dr. Robertson's comments

"Dr. Robertson's comments followed a CBN News story about a group of conservatives who have proven that faith-based rehabilitation for criminals has resulted in lower repeat offenders and saved the government millions of dollars. Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs."

I have to be the rebel here. I am not a criminal to be rehabilitated into his religeon. And by being uneqivocally against the use of illegal drugs is proof that he has no comprehension of the cause of the problems, prohibition. Religous people play politics as well as any sleazy politician.

The word is getting around...

The War On (Some) Drugs, like the TSA airport nonsense, has finally hit home by affecting so many people and their families personally that even people like Pat Robertson cannot fail to see the inequities and corruption in the system.

Governments should not declare war on people...especially their own people!

HAHA did anyone else notice



did anyone else notice he TOTALLY CALLED FOR DECRIMINALIZATION?? he even used the word 'criminalization' repeatedly. haha

Pat Robertson

said we shouldn't (by "we" I assume he means our government) be destroying people's lives over a few ounces of marijuana.  What I want to know is why it's acceptable to destroy people's lives at all. 

pat robertson

of all the people that would favor the wrongness of sending people to jail for a few ounces of cannabis, i never thought it would be ole Pat.  From coming from a household that believed what Pat said was from the big man himself I believed it took alot of courage and if Pat thought it was wrong then the mainstream Christians might change their views on it.  It might be LEGAL after 70 years of prohibition( PTL). I think he might be understanding the passage in Genesis somewhere it says that God made all the plants of the Earth a little bit better.


  I once was on the show in the audience. And, before I became a poor man, gave regularly.  I also heard his stance on alcohol consumption. As he, and any Christian who read, and knows what the Bible says about it, alcohol consumption is not prohibited by the Bible.  HE STATED HE DID NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL BECAUSE HE DID NOT WANT TO BE THE ONE TO CAUSE ANTHER CHRISTIAN, WHO MIGHT SEE HIM, TO BE TEMPTED TO DRINK AND FALL INTO ALCOHOLISM. ( Being Baptist, he actually was not supporting their  tea-totaling attitude.)   Although, I have read the Bible, all the way through, at least once, drugs were never mentioned.  Some condemn it as sorcery (chemists?)  That would mean we could use no modern medicine, either.  Honestly, it is the fear of possibly fall into addiction that might cause his erroneous thoughts about cannabis.  In reality, it (konobos) was thought to be used in anointing oil, often mentioned in the new testament.

So, with a little more education, he might become more educated about the true Christian stance on the plant, cannabis.  I would not expect anything that might change his mind when it came to harder drugs.  But, if it could be pointed out the safety and thousands of years of use by far eastern shamans, there might be a change.


Michael G Langley, MD

former Founders' member of the 700 Club





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