Who is one guy you probably never thought would end up in the column of “legalize marijuana?” Pat Robertson would have to be at the top of that list if you’re honest about it. The founder of the Christian Coalition and host of The 700 Club says maybe it’s time for a change in our policies towards users of marijuana.

LYNCHBURG, VA - MAY 22:  Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson arrives for the funeral  of the Rev. Jerry Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church May 22, 2007 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Falwell, the influential evangelist whose conservative Christian empire influenced national politics, died a week ago after collapsing in his office at Liberty University. He was 73.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, Robertson said that criminalizing marijuana is “costing us a fortune” and “ruining young people’s lives.” He went on to say:

“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 sure there are those of you out there who know about this subject better than I do, but off hand you have to admit that Robertson’s legalize marijuana position has merit. In this current economic climate, cities, states, and towns are all looking for ways to trim budgets; maybe this could work.

Pat Robertson’s legalize marijuana epiphany came during a segment about faith based outreach and reform in the prison system. The segment highlighted a group called “Right on Crime,” who specialize in arguing for pro legalization groups like NORML and LEAP. To say the least they’re happy Robertson is now on board.