Pat Robertson is famous for hating almost everything and everyone, but you know what he really doesn't hate? Weed. "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol," Robertson said in an interview this week. "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."
Well, obviously, I agree, but what? How did this happen? Pat Robertson isn't even sympathetic toward victims of natural disasters, but now he wants to legalize weed — which he supposedly doesn't even smoke — and reform the prison system? Apparently! "I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up," he said. "It's completely out of control. Prisons are being overcrowded with juvenile offenders having to do with drugs. And the penalties, the maximums, some of them could get ten years for possession of a joint of marijuana. It makes no sense at all."
Unsurprisingly, the comments have gained Robertson instant love in the stoner community. "I love him, man, I really do," said one legalization advocate. "He's singing my song." Uh, right. A slightly less blazed-sounding official from the Drug Policy Alliance added, "Pat Robertson still has an audience of millions of people, and they respect what he has to say. And he's not backtracking."
For his part, Robertson emphasized that he's not trying to promote drug use, but "just want[s] to be on the right side." Pat, we hardly knew ye.