Pat Robertson Turns Tail on Legalizing Pot

By Shawn Dwyer 08/13/14

The 700 Club host and televangelist has changed his mind about weed despite voicing support in the past.

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It was only two years ago that notorious televangelist Pat Robertson shocked both right and left when he announced his support for the legalization of marijuana.

“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson said in 2012. “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.”

That echoed similar comments he made in 2010 on his show, The 700 Club, which were largely dismissed by his followers at the time. But Robertson earned new disciples in the form of pro-legalization groups, who hailed the televangelist for saying that "I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up."

But now it appears that Robertson has forsaken pro-weed advocates with a recent condemnation of the legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington.

“The little kids are getting high,” Robertson said on his show this week. “Do you want your little 8th grader to be stoned when he goes to school? Well, welcome to Colorado, where pot is legal.”

He went on to claim that he supported decriminalization, not legalization, even though he was quoted in the New York Times as saying that he "absolutely" supported the ballot measures in Colorado and Washington.

Now, however, he is preaching a different sermon, saying that legalization has led to “the full-scale spread of this stuff, and it is not good for people’s health, it is destroying their minds and it is destroying their lungs and the addiction is pretty heavy.”

Check out Pat Robertson supporting legalization in 2010:

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