Conservative Minister Pat Robertson Disagrees With Continued Criminalization of Marijuana

It’s a Christmas miracle. Conservative minister Pat Robertson made a surprising declaration on a recent episode of The 700 Club: He disagrees with the continued criminalization of marijuana.

“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… it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people,” Robertson said in the broadcast. “Young people go into prisons-they go in as youths-and come out as hardened criminals and that’s not a good thing.”

Robertson made the remarks in response to a group of conservatives that has launched a campaign called “Right on Crime“, which aims to reduce the number of people in prison by encouraging community drug-rehabilitation programs and “taking crimes off the books that aren’t really crimes”. A report from July states that 66.7 percent of drug offenders re-offend within three years of their release.

The United States, which has a higher prison population than any other country in the world, imprisons around 6,200 individuals for marijuana-related crimes each year, while U.S. spending on prisons at the state and federal levels totalled US$68 billion in 2010.

Or watch the whole episode:– Article from The Georgia Straight