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:

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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