Does Pat Robertson support pot legalization?

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No.

Well, at least, not implicitly. In a recent clip, the author/TV evangelist/mogul says he's worried about criminal sentences for young people, and the effects of prison on said youth.

I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana — criminalizing the possession of a few ounces of pot, and that kind of thing — I mean, it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune, and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prison as youths and they come out as hardened criminals, and it’s not a good thing.

While the blogotubes went wild with the news that Robertson supports the legalization of marijuana, a statement from a spokesman for the evangelist sent to the New York Times clarifies that it's just not so.

“Dr. Robertson did not call for the decriminalization of marijuana. He was advocating that our government revisit the severity of the existing laws because mandatory drug sentences do harm to many young people who go to prison and come out as hardened criminals. He was also pointing out that these mandatory sentences needlessly cost our government millions of dollars when there are better approaches available. Dr. Robertson’s comments followed a CBN News story about a group of conservatives who have proven that faith-based rehabilitation for criminals has resulted in lower repeat offenders and saved the government millions of dollars. Dr. Robertson unequivocally stated that he is against the use of illegal drugs.”

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