Legalize it! Why it’s past time we make pot legal

Isn’t the ‘War on Drugs’ just a waste of resources when it comes to marijuana use? And shouldn’t marijuana be a choice left up to the individual? As Glenn has become more and more libertarian over the years, he’s found himself thinking about the legalization issue. That’s why he invited Jacob Sullum, senior editor for Reason Magazine, onto the show in Hour 2 to make the case for why marijuana should be legal.

"I'm a recovering alcoholic," Glenn said. And people all the time will say, are you cool with us drinking around you? I don't care. I don't care. I have a problem with alcohol. You don't have a problem with alcohol. I do. However, I did smoke pot every day of my life for probably about 15 years. And I think -- I could be wrong. Maybe this is just wishful thinking. I think I would be a better broadcaster. I would process a lot better if I hadn't done all the years of damage. But that's my mistake. I'm now on the fence on whether or not it should be legalized or not. I am growing much more -- much less tolerant of the United States government or anyone telling me what I can and cannot do when I'm not harming others."

Jacob offered many counter-arguments to those who think pot should remain illegal.

"You have to make the distinction between the harm that people might do to themselves through bad choices and the harm that people do to other people and the particular harm that violates other people's rights. So if you're impaired on the highway, whether it's from alcohol or marijuana or some other drug or maybe you didn't get enough sleep the other night and you're driving carelessly and you kill somebody, well, you should be culpable for that," Jacob explained. "So the argument I make in my book about drugs is that we should make the same kinds of moral and legal distinctions with respect to marijuana and other illegal drugs that we do with alcohol. So, in other words, there's a difference between responsible use and irresponsible use that hurts the user himself, use that hurts other people, use that violates other people's rights, or use that just affects their interests in just some way, that's not really within the realm of the law."

What about taxpayers having to pick up the bill for the bad choices a person may make while under the influence?

"You're stoned and you cut off your arm with a chain saw, let's say, and now I as the taxpayer have to pick up the tab for that. The same is true for any other reckless thing that people do. So then the government and therefore your neighbor has an interest in stopping you from working too hard, making sure you get enough sleep every night, making sure you exercise enough, make sure you don't overeat. Eat a balanced diet. These are all affect your health and the likelihood that you'll get sick and have to be treated at taxpayers' expense. So ultimately with that argument, you end up with a sort of totalitarian rationale, you're interfering in everybody's personal life because now it's my business." Jacob said.

And then there's always the argument that it would be easier for teenagers to get it if adults can get it legally.

"If you legalize a drug it becomes harder to buy directly for teenagers. Right? If you ask a teenager, how easy is it to get pot? Most of them say it's pretty easy to get it. They can get it easier from a black market dealer directly," Jacob said. "Whereas, in a legal market, it's harder to get it directly from the retailer. But you have more people buying it who are 21 or older sharing it with their younger brothers. That sort of thing. That happens with alcohol. There's no question that sort of thing will happen with marijuana. I think people who favor legalization try to deny that; they're being unrealistic. There will be a certain amount of leakage from the adult market -- is that a justification? Do we want to say that we'll deny adults the right to control their own bodies and minds because we're afraid some of this ends up [with teens]."

Jacob admitted not only is he in favor of legalizing marijuana, he opposes any ban on drugs.

Watch some of his argument below:

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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