Evangelist Pat Robertson says adults who can use alcohols should be allowed to use marijuana
Written by SAFER
Friday, 09 March 2012
Evangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson came out in
support regulating marijuana like alcohol. In particular, he highlighted
the notion that if an adult can use alcohol, they should be allowed to
In a piece published yesterday by The New York Times, Robertson was quoted as saying:
"If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol
and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this
other substance is somehow criminal?"
“I really believe we
should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson
said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I
don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this
war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded."
Robertson also expressed support for the initiative on the November ballot in Colorado that would regulate marijuana like alcohol.
For his part, Mr. Robertson said that he “absolutely” supported the
ballot measures, though he would not campaign for them. “I’m not a
crusader,” he said.
Kudos to Robertson for voicing his powerful opinion on this issue. The evangelical community has not traditionally been overly supportive of this issue, so perhaps with leadership of Mr. Robertson our message will begin to make more headway into that community.
Read more about the endorsement – and find a downloadable handout featuring the New York Times article – on the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol website.