2 Chainz was a guest on Nancy Grace's HLN show yesterday (Jan. 13) for a spirited debate about the legalization of marijuana. The 36-year-old rapper supports making pot legal and Grace doesn’t, but neither had a problem disagreeing with each other during the 10-minute segment.
Grace, a former prosecutor-turned-TV-personality, stands firmly against recreational marijuana use and made her point with examples of parents giving their children weed. Grace said that if pot is legalized, the country can expect more incidents of irresponsible behavior.
Not so, according to 2 Chainz. “I don’t think you can put an umbrella on a whole community,” he said as Grace asked him to elaborate. “The stoners community, I just feel like you can't use these stories to define everybody [that uses marijuana recreationally].”
She replied, “I’m not defining anybody, so don’t throw me in that pot and stew me!”
That last statement was on the lighter end of things she had to say on the subject. Grace rounded up another case of parents allowing a child to smoke weed, which 2 Chainz pointed out that he too was against. “I feel like she was irresponsible, a bonehead, that was an imbecile move,” he said of a woman allowing her toddler to smoke and videotaping the act. “Anybody that loves their kid definitely knows not to put them in harm's way. I don’t agree with that at all. She may have mental issues, it might be something deeper than a joint, I believe.”
Grace concurred, “You know what? There is something ‘deeper than a joint,’ and that’s well put because what she's doing in child abuse.”
For a moment there it looked like they found common ground, only that wasn’t the case. “What I'm trying to say to you is, if this is legalized then everybody’s gonna have unlimited access to pot, and unlike other people that are responsible, irresponsible child abusers are gonna have free access,” Grace predicted. “Everybody is not responsible, 2 Chainz,” she continued. “Everybody shouldn’t have free access to get pot like you get orange juice at the grocery store.”
Although not legal across the country, marijuana is allowed for recreational use in states like Colorado and medicinal use in some states. 2 Chainz argued that making weed legal would help the economy and "free up taxpayers money" by cutting back on unnecessary marijuana-related busts, like his wrongful arrest in 2013.
“I’m not sure if you know, but everybody has the ability you get their hands on pot right now, whether it’s legal or not,” he told Grace. “I just feel like if you legalize this particular drug it could cut out certain things in the criminal justice system as far as the overcrowding of prisons, putting this on our criminal records to prevent us from getting loans, to prevent us from getting homes…. Just the whole thing around recreational weed doesn’t make since to me.”
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