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Pat Robertson Warns ‘Pot Gummy Bears’ are Destroying Kids’ Lives

Believe it or not, there was a time when Pat Robertson was pretty cool about marijuana. Apparently, those times have changed.

In 2012, Pat Robertson told the New York Times that he was fine with people smoking pot and compared it to drinking alcohol.

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

He even said that he thought Jesus – since he did turn water into wine after all – would not mind people imbibing every one in a while responsibly.

“I don’t think he was a teetotaler,” he said, pointing out that he doesn’t think Jesus smoked pot either, since it is not in the Bible.

Now just two years later, the televangelist has joined the far-right fearmongers to decry Colorado’s marijuana decriminalization laws by claiming that now even kids are being encouraged to get high.

“The little kids are getting high,” Robertson said, suggesting that kids are gorging on marijuana gummy bears, cupcakes and soda. “Do you want your little 8th grader to be stoned when he goes to school? Well, welcome to Colorado, where pot is legal.”

He then said that Colorado’s law – which allows the selling of a small amount of product to adults, not kids – is leading to the “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, and it is also a gateway drug into the heavier stuff like cocaine, crack and whatever else is out there, heroine, they’re sniffing glue.”

“These kids find more ways to destroy themselves,” he concluded, stressing that pot-laced gummy bears and soda were giving kids the wrong kind of ‘rocky mountain high’ in the pot-ridden state.

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