VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- Advocates for decriminalizing marijuana have a new ally: the Rev. Pat Robertson.
The outspoken evangelical Christian in 2010 called for ending mandatory prison sentences for marijuana possession convictions. Now the 81-year-old who hosts "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network he founded is calling for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Robertson first called for decriminalizing marijuana on his show March 1. He repeated that sentiment in an interview with The New York Times that was published Thursday. He did not immediately respond to an interview request from the AP, but his spokesman confirmed Robertson's statements.
Robertson says he has never used marijuana, and he doesn't intend to. But he says an unsuccessful war on drugs is costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
He says marijuana should be regulated like alcohol.