Pat Robertson "endorses" Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, Amendment 64

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Pat Robertson.
Amendment 64, previously known as the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has been approved for the November ballot, and thus far, its backers include former Colorado House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, the ACLU of Colorado and ex-New Mexico governor/Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. But it's latest supporter comes straight out of left -- make that far right -- field: televangelist Pat Robertson.

You read right. In an interview with the New York Times, Robertson, who's previously decried hefty sentences for marijuana offenses and called for decriminalizing pot, speaks about the issue in the same language as Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert. "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol," he tells the Times, adding "If people can go into a liquor store and buy a bottle of alcohol and drink it at home legally, then why do we say that the use of this other substance is somehow criminal?"

Moreover, Robertson says he "absolutely" supports the Colorado ballot measure, as well as a similar one in Washington state.

Don't expect Robertson to stump for the amendment here. "I'm not a crusader," he says, presumably with a straight face.

In some ways, Robertson's announcement puts the Amendment 64 forces in an awkward position. While he may be with them on this issue, he's made incendiary comments about other an infinite variety of other topics for decades. Recall that after the 9/11 attacks, he said some of the blame for this horrific event should be heaped on pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians and, yes, the ACLU. And in recent days, the Times notes that Robertson said Midwest tornado victims "could have avoided their fate by praying more."

Will Robertson's rep make his fondness for the effort to regulate weed like alcohol seem as fringey as some of his other beliefs? That'll be in the ear of the beholder. Yet his comments also demonstrate that backers of marijuana reform tend to be much more varied than critics imply.

Look below to see a 2010 video in which Robertson decries the drug war, especially as applied to marijuana, and a new clip about his pro-pot comments.

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More from our Marijuana archive: "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act: Mason Tvert on campaign's allies, challenges."

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Auntjjc
Auntjjc

WAKE UP AMERICA... WHAT WE DO NOT NEED IN THIS WORLD IS ANOTHER APPROVED WAY FOR IDIOTS TO NOT ONLY SCREW UP THEIR LIVES BUT INNOCENT VICTIMS LIKE MYSELF. YOU MAY THINK THIS WEED IS HARMLESS UNTIL YOU SEE PEOPLE KILLED BY SOMEONE HIGH ON IT, AND FOR MYSELF, I TOO ALMOST LOST MY LIFE AND 40 YEARS LATER STILL ENDURE THE INJURIES A HEAD ON COLLISION CAUSED BY A DOPE SMOKING MORON CAUSED.  LITTLE BY LITTLE SOCIETY HAS BECOME BRAINWASHED INTO THINKING THIS IS HARMLESS. WE HAVE ALLOWED OUR CONSCIENCE TO SLOWLY BECOME MUFFLED TO THE POINT THAT WE NO LONGER FOLLOW WHAT COMMON SENSE WOULD MANDATE.....BUT THEN I BELIEVE BY NOW WE SHOULD ALL   ACKNOWLEDGE THAT COMMON SENSE  IS NOT,  I REPEAT,   IS NOT   VERY COMMON.  PERHAPS IT SHOULD BE REFERRED TO AS RARE SENSE. AND NOW WE HAVE THE LIKES OF PAT ROBERTSON CHIMMING IN   FRANKLY I THINK HE IS THE EQUIVALENT TO TRUE CHRISTIAN RELIGION THAT BERNIE MADDOW WAS TO SOUND INVESTING AT ALL LEVELS.   SHAME ON YOU MR ROBERTSON.... YOU REMIND ME OF REVEREND SCHUELAR AND HIS FAMILY,  YOU ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT TEACHING GOD'S WORD BUT SELF SERVING AND LINING YOUR OWN POCKETS.   SHOW ME ONE PASSAGE IN THE BIBLE THAT WOULD SUPPORT YOU     MAYBE YOU SHOULD TUNE IN TO DR.CHARLES STANLEY,  NOW THERE IS A MINISTER WHO KNOWS NOT ONLY WHAT TO TEACH, BUT HOW TO TEACH!  TOO BAD YOU MISSED HIS SERMON  TODAY 3-11-12.  WE NEED TO CLEAN UP OUR ACT AND STOP SUPPORTING THE DOWNWARD COURSE OUR COUNTRY HAS TAKEN BY SO CALLED LEADERS WHO WOULD RATHER JUST GO WITH THE FLOW RATHER THAN TAKE A STAND AND TELL IT HOW IT IS ,  THEY SELL THEIR SOULS FOR EITHER MONEY OR A VOTE!  HOW DISGUSTING IS THAT !  FORTUNATELY I AM AT THE FRONT OF THE PARADE AND NO DOUBT WILL NOT BE AROUND WHEN THE OTHER SHOE DROPS,  BUT BELIEVE ME IT WILL BE DROPING, AND IN THE NOT TO DISTANT FUTURE,  IF WE DO NOT WAKE UP AND REALALIZE HOW FAR OFF THE BEATEN TRACT WE HAVE STRAYED AS A NATION.  WAKE UP !! LIKE IT OR NOT .... GOD IS IN CHARGE.....     SO WHY DO WE KEEP REMOVING HIS NAME FROM EVERYTHING HE HAD A HAND IN CREATING THRU WHATEVER MEANS HE CHOSE TO DO SO.   SO ALL YOU SELF APPOINTED , SELF SERVING CHIDREN OF HIS THAT WISH TO LIONIZE THEMSELVES, BY TAKING ALL THE CREDIT, BETTER LOOK AGAIN AND BE READY TO TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY!!!  REMEMBER FROM WHENCE YOU CAME!  AMEN & AMEN    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND PLEASE DEAR GOD KEEP US FROM THE POTHEADS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS.

Fairhill whips Auntjjc
Fairhill whips Auntjjc

ALL I CAN ADD TO THAT IS GOD MADE WEED! DEMONIZE ALCOHOL, NOT A PLANT! TRY READING YOUR BIBLE AGAIN, I'M SURE YOU COULD FIND A REFERENCE TO SUCH A PLANT IF YOU REALLY OPENED UP YOUR EYES AND YOUR "RARE SENSE" IF YOU ACTUALLY HAD ANY.LOL

Guest
Guest

 Bless you child, for you are mistaken.

Raise the children better and there is nothing to worry about.

joeyrockx
joeyrockx

Well you'd have to be high to watch the 700 club anyway...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

*** "It may be a blessing in disguise. ... Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other."

 –Pat Robertson, on the earthquake in Haiti that destroyed the capital and killed tens of thousands of people, Jan. 13, 2010

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Your quotes will reach very few if any admirers of Pat Robertson, and are most unlikely to put off anyone who supports legalizing the cultivation of a little cannabis for personal use, so what precisely do you think that you are accomplishing?

Fairhill
Fairhill

Her purpose is clear. She is trying to be a master chef, and stir up the pot and see how it all comes out in the end.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

*** "I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period." –Pat Robertson

You betcha !!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

***"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –Pat Robertson

Yeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaaa!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Robertson = The political Kiss of Death !

Amendment 64 is already a dead rotting corpse -- as it should be.

Bad Laws = Bad Results

**** Vote NO on A64 !! ****

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

On the contrary -- no one but the most rabid opponents could imagine that the electorate will impute Robertson's ideology to us, and his endorsement should mean that more fundamentalists will support the Amendment.  I do not give a damn who votes for it as long as it passes.

This November, vote to legalize the cultivation of a little cannabis for personal use:

*******   Vote YES on Amendment 64!   *******

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"Amendment 64 would not stop unjust imprisonment for offenses related tocannabis, legalize cannabis, or regulate it like alcohol " -- Robert Chase 

" I acknowledge the fact that plenty of scope will remain for people to be imprisoned for cannabis " -- Robert Chase 

"Amendment 64 would not regulate cannabis like alcohol so much as it would regulate it like the General Assembly tried to regulate medical cannabis." -- Robert Chase

"HB10-1284 was foisted off on us by our incompetent and out-of-touch Legislature." -- Robert Chase

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

For the first time in my life I am considering sending the 700 Club a few bucks.  

Justin Dreyer
Justin Dreyer

Legalize 2012 or  the super pac for the Drug Czar, you want to go get signatures, go right ahead. Just know us that see your rhetoric are leaning more and more against your initiative as your  demagoging tactics turn many people off. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

**** Vote NO on A64! ****

It is the same disaster that HB1284 was,pimped by the same Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.

Only an idiot would want the Department of Revenue MMED Criminal Enforcement Division to REGULATE and TAX recreational marijuana.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

This just makes me happy the regulate bastards have gotten the endorsement of Pat Robinson.  Good job boys, lie about the intent of the initiative and trust that the media will believe you because they have no scruples anymore and the get cops and Pat Robinson to support you that's great.  So you are liars supported by another liar and scam artists.  Hopefully your masters get you out of the state, like they did with Emmitt, before before people realize you have bamboozled them, because people have a strange reactions when being lied to.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Politics makes for strange bedfellows.  You have chosen to lie down with every prohibitionist cop and most District Attorneys in Colorado and John Suthers to fend off legalizing the cultivation of a few cannabis plants for personal use -- we proponents must make room for Pat Robertson.  The real test of these decisions lies in what voters in general make of the two camps -- based on the tenor of your arguments against Amendment 64 and determination to ignore the 80% of the population who do not use cannabis, I am confident that you give more grist for charges of extremism than Robertson and his modest endorsement.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas" -- Ben Franklin

Yahoo
Yahoo

"So you are liars supported by another liar and scam artists" -Corey "Nut Job" Donahue

Corey - You attacking someone's character is funny.

How are those 6 criminal cases you picked up in this last year going? Did you ever serve time on the sexual assault charge? Or are you only looking at time on the felony charges?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So you support the jackbooted cops in their harassment and abuse of democratic protesters and peaceful citizens ?

So noted.

joeyrockx
joeyrockx

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...

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

Regulate Cannabis Like God!

Chase Robert
Chase Robert

Regulate God Like Alcohol!

Fairhill
Fairhill

IT just goes to show ya, the alcoholic Donkey_Hotay would imbibe on this one! HIC!

joeyrockx
joeyrockx

Yeah God gives it away for free.

Legalize2012.com
Legalize2012.com

Mike, Why do  you keep calling it the "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act?" Those words don't appear anywhere in the initiative and the law clearly seeks to regulate marijuana just like medical marijuana. I am wondering how you guys reached the editorial decision to go along with this misleading wording that was spoon-fed to you by the campaign. The campaign should put you on the payroll as one of their best PR people. :) The media needs to wake up to the fact that this campaign is using these catch phrases "like alcohol" and "legalization" to intentionally mislead the public. There is no part of this law that is "like alcohol" and it is certainly not "legalization", as the proponents of the law admitted themselves.http://www.legalize2012.com/mp...

Guest
Guest

This from the woman whose ridiculous assertions are regularly printed almost verbatim? That's rich.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Have you calculated the weekly $$$$ advertising revenue that Westword receives from the Big $$ Dispensary Cartel ?

While the windfall MMJ ad revenue is dropping like a rock since the implementation of HB1284, it is still $10s of THOUSANDS per week, and what saved the print edition of WW from financial doom circa 2008, when they were more dependent upon prostitutes -- "escorts and massages" -- for their income.

WW has a vested interest in milking this sick dying cow for every drop.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The rhetoric that Amendment 64 has nothing to do with regulating cannabis like alcohol is useless.  The Amendment charges the DOR with responsibility for regulating retail sales of cannabis (the DOR is the agency which regulates retail sales of alcohol).  The issue is moot until and if we can effect a revolution in Federal policy on cannabis anyway -- no general retail sales of cannabis are likely to commence in Colorado as long as the Federal Controlled Substances Act remains in place.  Wake up to the fact that legalizing the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants is a small but significant easing of our draconian prohibition of cannabis.

If you want to reduce the number of felony charges preferred against people who use cannabis, then you should endorse Amendment 64 (with all the many reservations engendered by our valid objections to the Amendment's provisions).  We should be seeking to counter Collaborationist voter registration this summer and urging every voter in Colorado to disassociate themselves from the two major parties, which are determined to criminalize our entire society.  The voters of Colorado should declare political independence from these shameful institutions (see:  https://www.sos.state.co.us/Vo....  Amendment 64 is the only realistic prospect for any improvement in the laws regarding cannabis in Colorado in 2012, and we must look further ahead and farther afield in order to effect real legalization of cannabis.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

And how many people -- exactly -- are prosecuted in Colorado for growing 6 or fewer plants ?

"Amendment 64 would not stop unjust imprisonment for offenses related tocannabis, legalize cannabis, or regulate it like alcohol " -- RobertChase 

 

" I acknowledge the fact that plentyof scope will remain for people to be imprisoned for cannabis " --Robert Chase 

 

"Clearly what I write about Amendment 64 does not gibeexactly with what the campaign for the Amendment does.  " -- RobertChase

Yahoo
Yahoo

 Why do you keep arguing the same silly point?

Amendment 64 will set up a regulatory system that is like the regulatory system that alcohol is run under, but better. That is the main reason, imo, they are calling their campaign the "Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol"

Google "Timothy Tipton" + mmj scamGoogle "Timothy Tipton" + "Cannabis Therapy Institute" Google "Cannabis Therapy Institute" + legalize2012.com

Draw your own conclusion about the legalize2012.com

joeyrockx
joeyrockx

Gotta crawl before you walk. Maybe you need to be a little realistic. This is by FAR the best chance we have to take a step forward. A much much needed step forward.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

A step forward into PRISON.

Stay the Course, clueless stoner.

the bushman
the bushman

that's great joey but if you actually read the message what they are asking is the very same thing the title board asked and basically demanded, and that is to remove any and all wording involving alcohol and legalization. this amendment is strictly the regulation of marijuana and nothing more. read the message. oh yeah, good luck with your step forward. if you didn't bother to read the post or get it's obvious message, i don't have high hopes you read A64.

Fairhill
Fairhill

It's natural for her, like breathing air, or sucking cock!

Fairhill
Fairhill

Donkey Hotay is a "classic textbook case" of a brain that has sponged up to much alcohol. She is a classic alcoholic, "with a legal drug addled brain". Alcohol rots and destroys the brain, as witnessed here by her testimonials. Trying to get any common sense to come forth from one such as her is an unobtainable position!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

HipTip: I'm not Laura.

Do try and contain your sexual fantasies.

Hot Tip
Hot Tip

 Laura K. aka Donkey_Hotay, is it OK in your book to call the very people you claim to represent  "stump-stupid stammering stone('s)" If so, what do you call a 'friend'

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

1) In Colorado -- and nationwide -- you must be 21 to legally purchase a Handgun or Handgun Ammunition from a Dealer -- just "like alcohol" in your dope-drenched delusion.

2) When you comprehend the difference between ownership and possession, get back to us.

3) Keep sucking on that bong, it's what you do best.

Guest
Guest

"Keep sucking you stump-stupid stammering stoner.1) this ain't Texas, son.2) 18 year olds can own booze, they can't consume it.3) with ignorant drooling imbeciles like you promoting pot, it's no wonder it's still illegal in most venues.Does it hurt to be so ignorant ?"

1) you're right. It's colorado. Where an 18 year old can own and use a hand gun. (again, do you know how google works?)2) 18 year olds can not own booze in Colorado. Ever heard of a minor in possession? Yeah, kids up at CU get 'em all the time.3) u mad bro?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

This ain't Minnesota, numbnuts.

You do know how Mapquest works, right ?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Keep sucking you stump-stupid stammering stoner.

1) this ain't Texas, son.

2) 18 year olds can own booze, they can't consume it.

3) with ignorant drooling imbeciles like you promoting pot, it's no wonder it's still illegal in most venues.

Does it hurt to be so ignorant ?

Guest
Guest

In Minnesota an 18-year-old can own an assault rifle as well as a handgun at 18.

you do know how google works, right?

Guest
Guest

"icensed Firearm Dealers are prohibited from selling or transferring handguns or handgun ammunition to any person the dealer knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under the age of 21.Keep sucking on that bong, stoner."18 year olds can still own handguns in several states (Texas, for example)18 year olds can't own booze in any state. you still fail.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Licensed Firearm Dealers are prohibited from selling or transferring handguns or handgun ammunition to any person the dealer knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under the age of 21.

Keep sucking on that bong, stoner.

Guest
Guest

"So handguns are like alcohol too, in your dope addled brain."

Well, considering you can be 18 and own a handgun, no. Not really. Do you try this hard to FAIL or does it just come naturally to you? Fucking moron.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So handguns are like alcohol too, in your dope addled brain.

Dead Horse
Dead Horse

The 21-year-old age limit alone makes this like alcohol. You seem to ignore that.

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