VIDEO: 2 Chainz and Nancy Grace Duke It out over Pot Legalization

By McCarton Ackerman 01/15/15

While the queen of HLN sounded typically shrill with her reefer madness, 2 Chainz remained chill and stuck to the facts.

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Nancy Grace squared off against 2 Chainz in a highly bizarre debate about marijuana legalization in which the rapper put the HLN host on edge throughout the segment.

Using extreme examples such as a recent story of a mother giving her two-year-old daughter a joint, Grace suggested that more of these incidents would take place if marijuana were legalized. But 2 Chainz (whose real name is Tauheed Epps) said it was unfair to stereotype an entire community based on isolated incidents of bad behavior.

“I feel like she was irresponsible. I feel like she was a bonehead. That was an imbecile move,” said the rapper, who also has two children. “Anyone who loves their kid wouldn’t put them in harm's way and that’s what she did. I believe there might be some mental issues there. This goes deeper than a joint."

2 Chainz also suggested that legalizing marijuana would help non-violent and non-threatening pot smokers keep a clean criminal record and allow them to be productive citizens. Grace continued to raise her voice throughout the segment and cut off 2 Chainz as he tried to make his points, suggesting that they would have a clean record if they just didn’t smoke pot, but the rapper argued the issue was now beyond that due to hundreds of thousands of people across the country currently being incarcerated on drug possession charges.

“Everybody has the ability to get their hands on pot right now, whether it's legal or not. 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,” he said. “Putting this in our criminal record to prevent us from getting loans, from getting homes…if the rest of the community legalizes pot, that frees up taxpayers money and allows us to do something else with these extra funds.”

Watch the full exchange below:

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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