Videos show storm damage around the Piedmont Triad

Pat Robertson: Marijuana should be treated like alcohol

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Pat Robertson (AP photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says marijuana should be treated like alcohol because the government’s war on drugs has failed.

The outspoken evangelical Christian says he has never smoked marijuana, and he is not encouraging it. But he says the war on drugs is costing taxpayers billions of dollars and people should not be sent to prison for marijuana possession.

Robertson appeared to support legalizing pot in a New York Times story that was published Thursday. His spokesman, however, says Robertson supports decriminalizing
marijuana, not legalization.

The spokesman says Robertson was not available for an interview with AP.

Robertson in 2010 called for ending mandatory prison sentences for marijuana possession convictions.

Robertson hosts “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Credit: The Associated Press.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.