Biden on Pat Robertson’s Push to Legalize Pot: It’s ‘A Mistake’

By Kate McCarthy

Dec 23, 2010 6:52pm

Pat Robertson might want to legalize marijuana but as for the vice president — he said it’s a bad idea.

“I still believe it’s a gateway drug.  I’ve spent a lot of my life as chairman of the Judiciary Committee dealing with this.  I think it would be a mistake to legalize,” Vice President Joe Biden said in an exclusive interview.

In an episode of the “700 Club” Robertson said sending people to jail for a few ounces of pot is “costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people.”

“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 said. 

“We’ve got to take a look at what we’re considering crimes and that’s one of ‘em,” he added.

Biden said that there is a difference between sending people to jail for a small amount of marijuana and legalizing it.

“The punishment should fit the crime.  But I think legalization is a mistake,” he told me.

 –George Stephanopoulos

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