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How a Far-Right Icon Came to Embrace Marijuana Legalization | TIME

On a cable-news show seen by millions, a white-haired host declared that although the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, it detains a quarter of the world’s prisoners. “I just think it’s shocking to see how many of these young people wind up in prison,” he said. “And then they get turned into hard-core criminals because they have possession of a small amount of a controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy.”

It’s a sensible position. Strikingly, it came from the host of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” — right-wing icon Pat Robertson. He went on to say that mere possession of pot should be decriminalized.

“If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal?” Robertson asked a New York Times reporter recently. He went on to say that imprisoning people made it more it more difficult to reach their hearts with a Christian message.

Robertson’s previous drug warrior mentality is drastically different from his current position on marijuana policy. From Christianity Today:

While this is not the first time Robertson has taken this stance, he ran for president as a hard-liner on drug enforcement. After losing his bid to be the Republican presidential candidate in 1988, Robertson said at the Republican National Convention that the U.S. should be “a city set on a hill … where the plague of drugs is no more and those who would destroy and debase our children with illegal drugs are given life sentences in prison with no chance for parole.”

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    Pat Robertson said something that wasn’t completely fucking stupid…. Maybe the world is ending this year.
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    normally this guy makes me sick but for once in his career he’s being logical. its a nice change of pace.
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    I never thought I would ever say that I agree with Pat Robertson.
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    Prison Industrial Complex needs to end.
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