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Marijuana legalization advocates are rejoicing because they got a big boost in support from the 700 Club’s Pat Robertson. The evangelical leader and former presidential candidate told his followers that, “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol. 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?”


But the Teensavers Team has 7 reasons why Pat’s theory is one big puff of smoke.

1. Bongloads beat up the body: While the immediate highs and effects are enjoyed by users, numerous doctors will tell you that prolonged use will effect your brain, heart, and lungs. The extent of the damage has been long debated.

2. Pot will not fill our pocketbooks: We’ve been taxing alcohol and cigarettes for years, and we are still financially struggling as a country. All of the binge drinkers and chain smokers haven’t been able to defeat the debt. Taxing marijuana after legalization won’t make a dent in our country’s deficit.

3. Kids think chronic is cool. It’s bad enough we have adults killing themselves with alcohol and drugs, but we’re seeing more kids experimenting with drugs. 4,000 kids try drugs for the first time every day. We don’t need that number to increase. Legalizing marijuana would likely spike that number.

4. A Spicy society: Marijuana users afraid to use the real thing, often turn to synthetics to get high. The military has a huge problem, and kids are using these synthetics. Despite government efforts to stop the chemistry, manufacturers continue to produce, and sellers continue to sell. With legalized pot, more parents would be testing for that, so kids would turn to the synthetics which aren’t easily detected with instant read drug tests.

5. The Gate-way is ajar: Recent studies have dispelled that marijuana is the gateway drug in most people, but some marijuana users still get bored with the drug, and look to increase their highs with other narcotics. Beer drinkers often make the switch to the “hard stuff.” Legalized, marijuana probably wouldn’t be considered much of a hard drug. But there are others out there to ramp up the highs.

6. High-er accident rates on our roads: We are already seeing a shift in the nation’s driving habits. More DUIs are involving drugs, and not alcohol. And in a recent survey out of Canada, teens admitted they were more likely to drive while under the influence of marijuana, as opposed to alcohol. The thought it, smoking pot and taking pills and driving is a much safer combination than alcohol and getting behind the wheel.

7. No Joint Relief: Our prison overcrowding will not recede with the legalization of marijuana. People in jail or prison on drug charges, are there because they will commit a crime to satisfy their urge. Nobody is in jail for just lighting up one joint. People in jail for drugs are typically dealers, or parole violators who had other crimes, with narcotics charges on top of the original violations.

It’s hard to tell kids that drugs are bad, when drug use is glamorized in movies, TV, and music. Snoop Dog is the musical ambassador for pot for the younger generation, as Willie Nelson continues to inspire baby boomer puffers.


Scores of music, movies, and television celebrities have had some pill issues. Whitney Houston appears to be the latest. Heath Ledger also had a dangerous combination of pills in his system. It’s tough when the drug use is glorified constantly.

Most parents already avoid talking to their kids about drugs. They usually figure that the “drugs are bad” message is assumed and of course they rely on programs like D.A.R.E. to make their kids aware about drugs.

But what about the parents who do stress the message at home? What about the proactive parents that monitor the media that their kids watch and listen to? Are they fighting an uphill battle?

So what happens when you have an evangelical, with plenty of airwaves to push his message, comes out endorsing marijuana? Pat Robertson believes that the war on drugs have failed. He believes that taxpayers are paying billions of dollars to support the initiative, and that people are wasting away in jails and prisons unjustly.

This is not exactly a startling revelation. The 81-year-old danced around the decriminalization topic in 2010.

This week, the former presidential candidate told the New York Times, “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol.” “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.”

With a following of millions, how do parents combat Robertson’s message, which is being spread by drug legalization groups across the social media?

How can parents tell their kids marijuana and all other drugs are bad, when an evangelical leader endorses them? Marijuana remains illegal for everyone, except for patients of numerous states’ medical marijuana laws. Once legalized, could the marijuana mindset become something similar to the alcohol mindset? With booze, may kids have the perception that “if it’s good enough for adults, it’s good enough for me.” Of course that thinking contributes to the serious number of binge drinking teens and young adults across college campuses. If legalized, would we have a growing number of potheads in our society?

America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran says the message is simple, “Parents should tell their kids that everyone has an opinion. Some people are brilliant on some subjects but not as informed about others. For example, some Europeans believe that it is acceptable for 10-year-olds to have wine at dinner. Most families do not. That’s why each family should make the decision what’s good for their family, despite what high profile person is saying it. Reinforce your values, and your kids will listen.”