The 420 Club? Pat Robertson now supporting marijuana decriminalization. 

I don't think many people saw this coming. Apparently, Pat Robertson said this on a recent edition of The 700 Club:

"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," Robertson continued. "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."

However, this development shouldn't be too shocking. The religious right is one of the few pockets of America where prison reform and prison outreach are major topics of discussion, and the problem of oversentencing for marijuana related crimes has been reaching critical mass for a long time now.

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