Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says harsh penalties for marijuana possession are costly for the nation and damaging to young people. But a spokesman says he is not calling for decriminalizing pot.
The spokesman said Thursday that Robertson made the comments on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club" in the context of faith-based approaches to treating offenders.
Spokesman Chris Roslan said Robertson "unequivocally stated" he is against the use of illegal drugs.
The comments, however, were widely interpreted on several websites as an endorsement by the Christian Coalition founder of legalizing marijuana.
They were celebrated by NORML, a group that advocates legalization of the drug.