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Televangelist Pat Robertson featured on billboard campaign for the legalization of marijuana

Televangelist Pat Robertson featured on billboard campaign for the legalization of marijuana

Motorists in Grand Junction, Colorado will see the face of the Christian Broadcasting Network's televangelist Pat Robertson on a billboard promoting the legalization of marijuana.  The billboard is located just west of the intersection of business route I-70 and Main Street.  The billboard is scheduled to be up until the election.

The "Yes on 64" campaign behind an initiative to regulate marijuana states that, "In a March interview in The New York Times, conservative evangelist Pat Robertson said he "absolutely" supports the initiative on the ballot in Colorado that would regulate marijuana like alcohol.  'I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,' Robertson said. '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?'"

If passed, the ballot initiative would regulate marijuana like alcohol.

David Cox, Regional Director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, told NBC News Channel 11, "It's time that we recognize that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and that the policy of prohibiting marijuana has not accomplished the goals it was set out to accomplish."

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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I don't support Robertson and his beliefs, but I do support the regulation of marijuana like alcohol. We have far too many "non-violent criminals" in jails and prisons because of drugs, mostly marijuana, and all of this comes at tax payers money. Incarcerating them is more costly than regulating the drug. Prohibition of marijuana comes with a heavy cost, besides taxes too. It takes its toll on families who's love one is incarcerated due to drug use, instead of getting treatment. I'm not saying the marijuana leads to other drugs, but some people who do marijuana also do other drugs- both Rx and illegal drugs, but the fact that we prohibit their use makes things worse than they could be for both those who only use marijuana and those who abuse various substances, besides marijuana. The regulation of marijuana would help lesson the stigma for that particular drug and IF one does develop a problem with it, like alcohol, the person may be more likely to seek treatment. However, the only problem I see with marijuana is driving while intoxicated on it and psychological habitual use that it interferes with them getting and keeping a job, but unlike other drugs it supposedly is not physically addictive and does not lead to using other drugs, anymore than alcohol or tobacco does. Many of us use tobacco, but do not use any other drug, except maybe an occasional alcoholic drink, and the same for those who occasional drink, but don't smoke. I think we, as a society, will find the regulation of marijuana less taxing than incarcerating individuals who use it.

  • Peter

    I wonder who Robertson listen to when
    getting comfortably numb, The Dobbie Brothers or Sly "I want to take you
    higher?"

  • Evgeniy

    David Cox says is interesting. First, marijuana, and then what??

  • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

    Wow! I never thought I'd agree with whatever good ol' boy, Pat Robertson would advocate. But legalizing (without condoning) pot is long past due. I don't smoke it but too many do. And so pot smokers need to pay taxes on it. Besides, less people will get shot for distributing illegally and maybe there will be less in jail.

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