Your morning jolt: Pat Robertson endorses legal marijuana

Gov. Nathan Deal has found an unlikely ally in his push to refigure who we lock up in Georgia: The Rev. Pat Robertson, who now backs the legalization of marijuana. From the New York Times:

“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview …. “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.”

Mr. Robertson’s remarks echoed statements he made last week on “The 700 Club,” the signature program of his Christian Broadcasting Network, and other comments he made in 2010. While those earlier remarks were largely dismissed by his followers, Mr. Robertson has now apparently fully embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, arguing that it is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs.

“I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up,” he said.

Here’s a YouTube clip of remarks Robertson made along the same line last year, caught by CNN:

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Does this mean Mitt Romney supporters have to sit in the end zone? From today’s Washington Post:

Romney said Thursday that he has become an “unofficial Southerner. I’m learning to say ‘y’all,’ and I like grits.” But he conceded that he was in for a tough slog next week. “I realize it is a bit of an away game,” Romney said. “I’m confident we’re going to get some delegates. That, of course, is what this is all about.”

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A notable picture of Newt and Callista Gingrich dancing at 2 a.m. Thursday in a Mississippi hotel lobby, from the New York Times:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrichand his wife, Callista, dance in the early morning hours at the Hilton hotel bar in Jackson, Miss. Josh Haner/The New York Times

Josh Haner/The New York Times

Mr. Gingrich, alternately rotating in early “American Bandstand” style and twirling his wife, Callista, unwound for an hour or so after a long day on the campaign trail. They danced to “All My Loving” by the Beatles, “California Girls” by the Beach Boys and, by special request, Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” which could be a defiant theme song for Mr. Gingrich after the flak he has caught for calling to revive the moon program.

Some observers mused that with the unusually intimate display, the candidate and his staff seemed to be celebrating in a nostalgic way a possible end to their long, winding journey.

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Denis O’Hayer at WABE (90.1FM) has posted a darned good interview with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on the decision of Republican colleague Olympia Snowe, one of Congress’s rare moderates, not to seek another term. Said Isakson:

”I do think that the 24-hour news cycle, the cable shows on TV, both the shows on the left and the shows on the right, and some of the consultants that are out there making a living – they make a living off of demonizing the other side. And many times they make a living by making contentious primaries, and contentious allegations.

“Part of the process is fed by some parts of the media. I know we’re on public radio here, and public radio tries to do a balance…. But the for-profit shows that you see on cable and a lot of them on radio, both Republican-leaning and Democrat-leaning, generally have no quarter for the middle.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the charge from U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur, who said that the Family Research Council had organized a “prayer vigil” to encourage people not to buy Girl Scout cookies.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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73 comments Add your comment

Jerome Horwitz

March 9th, 2012
9:51 am

Well, must be a cold day in Hades – The Rev. Robertson and I agree on something.

And a good point by Sen. Isakson. You see the results of talk radio here all the time. The same drivel thye hear on the radio spit back verbatim without a bit of independent thought.

Shine

March 9th, 2012
9:56 am

I believe Roberson when he says he has never used pot. He is clearly warped from using something a lot stronger…say LSD or PCP.

Centrist

March 9th, 2012
9:57 am

Romney conceded that he was in for a tough slog next week. “I realize it is a bit of an away game,” Romney said. “I’m confident we’re going to get some delegates. That, of course, is what this is all about.”

While most of the media will focus on Gingrich and Santorum in the southern evangelical states (and ignore the Democrat crossover voting to delay Romney’s nomination), Romney will keep his considerable lead and add more delegates. When the northeast, west, Illinois, and Texas have their primaries – Romney will reach the first ballot required delegate count.

Who knows when/if Gingrich and Santorum face the reality and drop out – they enjoy the complicit media spotlight which likes to tell us how wounded Romney is. This is similar to Obama four years ago when he finally beat Hillary Clinton – except the media didn’t claim Obama was wounded (and of course he proved he wasn’t).

Bobby

March 9th, 2012
10:00 am

Yeah, the number of young people the Gwinnett police waste their time booking and locking up for <1oz of marijuana is unreal. Perhaps if Gwinnett police spent their time on more serious crimes, robberies in CVS parking lots in which a man is shot and killed during a robbery would become an exception rather than the norm for Gwinnett.

Married for Life

March 9th, 2012
10:04 am

Wow! I’ve never seen a hotel lobby at 2 a.m. that looked so much like 2 p.m.

Marlboro Man

March 9th, 2012
10:10 am

The gov’t (TAXPAYERS) can save money for jails or waste money on jail space.

slade

March 9th, 2012
10:12 am

marijuana references throughout the bible indicate Jesus was a stoner.

Centrist

March 9th, 2012
10:17 am

Want to block that obnoxious new Meebo social bar on AJC.com?

Read the added comments that update the process: http://www.chizang.net/alex/blog/2010/08/19/block-meebo-bar/

double a

March 9th, 2012
10:32 am

It’s about time!
Rev. Robertson finally comes out with something the people can agree with…
God bless!

Becky

March 9th, 2012
10:46 am

Enter your comments here

Becky

March 9th, 2012
10:47 am

Sure-what we need on our highways is more impaired drivers. What an idiot.

BJ

March 9th, 2012
10:47 am

NO NEWT… YES ROBERTSON 2012

BJ

March 9th, 2012
10:49 am

if only a funnyman like Ben Stiller or Jason Sudakis would run for POTUS.

BJ

March 9th, 2012
10:51 am

stoners don’t drive they crash

Moon Mullins

March 9th, 2012
10:51 am

That’s one thing about the Rev. You just never know what’s gonna come out of his mouth. Sometimes it makes sense, but most of the time it’s from a parrallel universe.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

March 9th, 2012
10:54 am

Prior to mandatory integration in the separate but equal south 1970, an insignificant percent of African Americans would dare think about using any sort of drugs… But the abuse of marijuana and other drugs was already prevalent among African Americans in the more liberal integrated north.

Pat Robinson would be more on point if he endorsed the abolishment of integration. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that integration has caused the pain that black people seek to escape by way of immoral sexual relationships, criminal activity, and abusing a variety of drugs.

Many thanks for understanding.

Amen?

BJ

March 9th, 2012
10:56 am

does that mean anyone in jail for pot gets a free pass?

double a

March 9th, 2012
10:59 am

currently, there are millions of potheads in our society… please show me the traffic accidents related to them?
that’s right… There aren’t any!
the people rest…

Becky

March 9th, 2012
11:02 am

double a-seriously? are you that naive or just foolish? or perhaps you are one of the stoners and don’t even know what day it is.

Rick

March 9th, 2012
11:05 am

“Sure-what we need on our highways is more impaired drivers. What an idiot.”

This argument implies that you think the drug war has been effective (it hasn’t) and that with stopping it there will be an increase in usage. You should read about the successful outcomes Portugal had by decriminalizing drugs.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

March 9th, 2012
11:06 am

Sorry Pat Robertson. The misspelling of your name was a matter of the head and not the heart.

Many thanks for understanding.

Amen?

Come on Becky

March 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Let’s see your proof.

Mudfoot

March 9th, 2012
11:11 am

He’s got the right idea but it’ll be a loooooonnng time before said sensible action is taking. Yes, the “war on drugs” is a failure in every sense… EXCEPT the fact that it employs many people and lines many a pocket of both individuals and organizations, first and foremost our local militaries (police). These benefactors are plentiful, are in positions of power and are vocal in their total disregard for sense or sensibility regarding this moneyflusher of a “war” and anyone who wants to change anything. The status quo is how they like things and anyone who supports changing it will be villified publicly. It’s a corrupt mindset and a sad statement regarding law enforcement, but that’s how it is and without widespread public outcry it’ll never change

Mudfoot

March 9th, 2012
11:24 am

By the way, I recently saw an article addressing the fact that pot has gotten alot more potent during the past few decades and was surprised to see that the main reason (and person) behin d this was completely missed. Anyone got a guess? It’s Nancy Reagan and her “Just Say No” program. Those of us who were around back then should remember how strict the laws regarding smuggling and distribution had become under Reagan. Smugglers who got caught got the book thrown at them and were put in jail for long sentences, so Americans being Americans, we started growing our own. Also typical of Americans, we figured if we’re gonna undertake the risk and expense of growing our own it’s not gonna be that crappy mexican schwag… so we imported the really strong stuff and grew it. That’s why marijuana is so much stronger today… ironic that it’s a direct result of the “war on drugs”. She should’ve named the program “Just Go Grow”

sheepdawg

March 9th, 2012
11:25 am

Wow, so senile Pat had a lucid moment!! There is hope….

Mudfoot

March 9th, 2012
11:28 am

Sorry Becky, IMO your opinion/viewpoint may be popular amongst the closed-mind crowd but it does not reflect reality, it reflects the same stigmas and mindset behind the 1920s Reefer Madness films. Humorous…. yes. Realistic… no

Ben

March 9th, 2012
11:30 am

I’m willing to bet a nationwide referendum on pot would get 50%+ in favor of legalization. That’s why we won’t ever have a referendum, too many politicians and bureaucrats would lose too much power and influence. I wish the left would hold Obama accountable for saying he would stop federal raids on pot dispensaries that meet state laws and then continuing such raids. The worst part is that even though he’s way worse on pot than Bush was, most of the left probably thinks he loves it and is behind legalization. He’s done an incredible job fooling a lot of people into believing he wants the exact opposite of what his actions indicate.

WOW

March 9th, 2012
11:37 am

This is similar to Obama four years ago when he finally beat Hillary Clinton – except the media didn’t claim Obama was wounded (and of course he proved he wasn’t).

The media is not doing this, polling data is. Just read it.

Proud Native Georgian

March 9th, 2012
11:45 am

Hearing Pat Roberstson advocating the legalization of marijuana explains a LOT of things….

Double a

March 9th, 2012
11:48 am

I’m serious as a heart attack. I am since 18 years old now 48, happily married w/ two kids, never been unemployed, pay my taxes, never had a traffic ticket, my criminal record is impeccable. I’m allergic to alcohol which gives terrible headache and rash, and I feel like crap the next morning. Marijuana is my choice of relaxation after a hard day at work.
Now, should people like me belong in prison with the serial killers and rapists?

The Goobernator

March 9th, 2012
11:48 am

“Pat Robertson endorses legal marijuana”, coming from someone that always talks like he is on crack, I’m not surprised at another off the wall talking point.

Mike

March 9th, 2012
11:52 am

Out of all the people to take this stand, Pat Robertson is one of the last ones I would have expected. But the discussion is certainly getting a lot of attention now, especially in my home state of NY where it seems to be picking up steam. There was a detailed article recently in Long island Pulse Magazine about this:

http://www.lipulse.com/trends/article/smoke-and-mirrors

I personally don’t smoke, but I’m finding it harder to understand the reasons why it should continue to be prohibited…

roughrider

March 9th, 2012
12:03 pm

Pat must have read Gen. chapter 1, vs.1-12

Slingshot

March 9th, 2012
12:18 pm

I say let’s kill two birds with one stone: Legalize ALL drugs – particularly LSD and Meth and at the same time gay marriage universally. In 20 years there will be no more democrat voters.

Centrist

March 9th, 2012
12:21 pm

WOW posted “The media is not doing this, polling data is.”

Wrong. Romney is actually doing better at this stage of the primary/caucus nomination process than Obama was when Hillary was challenging him.

REAL Christian

March 9th, 2012
12:22 pm

Shameful. They should retire Pat Robertson. He is clearly losing it.

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Stop...Just Stop

March 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

Typical Hypocrisy,

Someone calling themselves “REAL Christian” standing in judgment of those who disagree with them.

Hypocrite.

WOW

March 9th, 2012
12:34 pm

Wrong. Romney is actually doing better at this stage of the primary/caucus nomination process than Obama was when Hillary was challenging him.

Please, please, please provide some statistical data for this? You can come on here and claim this all you want, but back it up with facts. Look at his personal approval ratings, (trending down monthly), polling data against Obama (down consistently over the last year). Fundraising, he is spending more than he took in (Obama never had this problem in the primary and he didn’t have a Super PAC to help him).

Need I list more, because I certainly can.

MrLiberty

March 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

Prohibition is, has always been, and will always be a failure. It is a tool by which the government destroys freedom and creates a black market that they can profit from. Either you own your own body or the government does. It is as simple as that. If they can tell you want you can and cannot put in it (so long as you do not harm another or violate their rights in the process), then you are not free. God/mother nature/evolution, whatever, put marijuana on this planet tens of thousands of years ago. Up until big Pharma and other vested interests managed to fearmonger it out of use, it was the basis of most medicines in the US during the 1800s. The plant is awsome for food (the seeds – tons of Omega 3s), fuel (distill the oil), fabric (canvass is the dutch word for canabis – every sail on every boat prior to the mid 1900s), paper (up until DuPont came up with a method for making it out of wood and got William Randolph Hearst to help fearmonger hemp out of use), and even construction materials.

The war on drugs enables the CIA to run drugs to fund their black ops programs, lines the pockets of dictators all over the world, funds the prison appartus in this country (we have the highest prison population total and per capita in the world), corrupts police, judges, attorneys, etc. and has been the driving force behind the destruction of banking privacy worldwide.

Time to try freedom again. It worked well. Its a shame we abandoned it in favor of the chains of government.

great job Pat!!!

MrLiberty

March 9th, 2012
12:44 pm

Becky – Are you actually igorant enough to believe that anyone who wants to smoke and drive doesn’t do it already? Are you actually ignorant enough to believe that there are not literally tens of thousands of folks driving under the influence of much more powerful LEGAL prescription drugs right at this moment??

Personal responsibility is imperative, no matter what state of mind one is in. It amazes me that so many seem to think that legalization means no responsiblity for actions. Alcohol is legal, prescription drugs are legal (with government restrictions) and harming someone in any manner while under their influence is illegal. Why would it be otherwise for legal cannabis??

Participate in the discussion. Don’t just show your ignorance with off the wall commentary. If you actually think that laws stop people from doing things they want to do, you need to grow up a bit and face reality. All that immoral laws against consensual acts do is make the rest of society suffer from the loss of liberty and freedom.

Centrist

March 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

@ WOW – Are you claiming that Obama and Hillary Clinton weren’t locked in a REAL nomination battle as compared to Romney who has more than DOUBLE the delegates than his closest competitor?

I’m not referring to the general election against an incumbent unlike 4 years ago. I have often stated I think incumbent Obama will win re-election (although not nearly as convincingly which will hurt his second term with at least a Republican House). My complaint is about the media painting Romney as weak against his competition even though he is handily beating them.

missmollie

March 9th, 2012
12:55 pm

My body is a “holy temple” and anything I put it it (and that includes food) that damages/poisons my lungs, liver, stomach, brain,& heart should be considered. I smoked cigarettes for 13 years(no pot) when I was very young and have mild breathing problems today. Just remember you have choices and consequences…good, bad or otherwise. I gave up all soft drinks & coffee two years ago. I do drink hot/iced/unsweet tea . I drink a lot of water at home and always when I eat out. I still have my sweet tooth…No alcohol in many many years. Drugs & alcohol have done a number on many people I love and some I have lost. If you like to “mess up your head” you can get a prescription for that in nearly every doctor’s office. If I sound like a square; I probably am????

WOW

March 9th, 2012
12:58 pm

No, I am not claiming tghat Obama and Mrs. Clinton were not locked in a battle. It was a real and histroric battle, in which the victor came out stronger.

What I am calling you out on is the fact that Romney is weak and its NOT the media painting him this way. His weakness can be backed up by data. Even in states he is winning, he is receiving less votes in states in 2012 than he did in 2008 (Michigan and Nevada).

I’ll give you that its mathematically impossible for Santorum or Gingrich to win the nomination, but its also virtually just as impossible for him to have the delegates either before the convention. He will emerge as probably the weakest nominee of the past three decades (Mondale may have been weaker).

Stop...Just Stop

March 9th, 2012
1:20 pm

missmollie,

You don’t sound like a square. You sound like someone exercising their personal choice to ingest those things that you feel are right for you.

My problem is that you don’t seem to want the rest of us to have that choice.

Centrist

March 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

WOW posted “Even in states he is winning, he is receiving less votes in states in 2012 than he did in 2008 (Michigan and Nevada).

I’ll give you that its mathematically impossible for Santorum or Gingrich to win the nomination, but its also virtually just as impossible for him to have the delegates either before the convention. He will emerge as probably the weakest nominee of the past three decades (Mondale may have been weaker).”

You might recall that 4 years ago there was a TRUE competition for the GOP nomination which brought out more voters. Romney led for a while, Huckabee was a contender, and then there was McCain. McCain came back when Romney and Huckabee split the southern/ evangelical vote. Romney has led in polls, organization, contributions, and endorsements since the long before the first caucus through today. He is the presumptive nominee (except the media often pretends otherwise). That simply reduces turnout.

You are absolutely wrong about Romney not likely to gain the majority of delegates before the convention. He already has over half and only needs 47% of the remaining delegates – most of whom are in states where he is strong.

Romney will do better than McCain or Dole who did better than Carter or Mondale. He even has a an outside shot at winning.

Joey

March 9th, 2012
1:53 pm

Wow. It is officially 2012 and things are getting weird. Pat Robertson is making sense? What’s next, is Obama going to do something intelligent? The end is near…

Seriously though, there aren’t 2 sides to this argument. Its basic common sense. On one hand you have a 1.3 TRILLION dollar drug war that has accomplished absolutely nothing. On the other hand you have a non toxic plant that is safer than a dose of advil. Discussion over.

Becky

March 9th, 2012
2:23 pm

Mrliberty-do you know the definition of an a@@hat? look in the mirror you pompous, ignorant fool. Of course people are going to drive drunk and stoned. Doesn’t meant it should be condoned. Get over yourself a@@hat!

Stop...Just Stop

March 9th, 2012
2:32 pm

Becky,

In other places (Netherlands, Australia) where cannabis has been legalized there has been NO INCREASE in the rate of impaired driving arrests attributed to cannabis users.
There also was NO INCREASE in the overall use of cannabis.
There also was NO INCREASE in the overall use of other drugs.

You are entitled to your own opinion, just not your own set of facts.

Ivory

March 9th, 2012
2:41 pm

Get rid of the Black Market, and ALL of the violance goes away, and much money and TAX dollars to be reaped…..A WIN WIN situation for ALL!!!