Will wonders never cease? It has been a crazy week, what with Obama somehow talking the Republicans into going along with repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, ratifying the new START treaty, and dropping their filibuster to 9/11 first responder health benefits at the end of the lame duck session. But now arch-conservative founder of the Christian Coalition Pat Robertson has come out in favor of legalizing marijuana, or at least reducing the sentences.
It got to be a big deal in campaigns: “He’s tough on crime”, and “lock ’em up!”. That’s the way these guys ran and, uh, they got elected. But, that wasn’t the answer.
We’re locking up people that have taken a couple puffs of marijuana and next thing you know they’ve got 10 years with mandatory sentences. These judges just say, they throw up their hands and say nothing we can do with these mandatory sentences. We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of ’em.
I’m … 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, that kinda thing it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. Young people go into prisons, they go in as youths and come out as hardened criminals. That’s not a good thing.
UPDATE: An article in the Washington Post about Portugal, which decriminalized all recreational drugs with a controversial law 9 years ago, and how the new system is paying off.