Cannabis in America

2 Chainz vs. Nancy Grace: Rapper Wins Debate Over Legalizing Pot

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Is this real life? HLN viewers were gifted TV comedic gold the other night in the form of a marijuana debate between the always controversial Nancy Grace and “Fed Watching” rapper 2 Chainz. Grace, whose Wikipedia controversy section alone is cause enough for pause, brought 2 Chainz, who was arrested in 2013 for possessing a weed grinder, on her show to discuss the legalization of marijuana. Funnily enough, it was 2 Chainz who upstaged Grace with actual valid points while she rebutted by showing him irrelevant videos of parents forcing toddlers to smoke pot.

Watch a clip from interview below, and here’s the long version if you want to see it.

For those of you who don’t have time to watch the entire interview, it went a little something like this.

Grace: Was clearly surprised that the weed smoking rapper was capable of graduating college with a 4.0 despite presumably being in a constant purple haze.

2 Chainz: Argues you can’t blame the entire “stoners” community for a few irresponsible parents forcing kids to smoke pot. (Sounds fair.)

Grace: Doesn’t want to be thrown into a pot and stewed. (Okaaaay?)

Grace: “While I have you, why the 2 Chainz?” (She’s getting to the really hard hitting questions now.)

2 Chainz: Explains why his breastfed youth gave way to the family nickname and former rap name Tity Boi.

Grace: Awkwardly quotes 2 Chainz lyrics in the whiniest voice possible.

2 Chainz: Argues in defense of keeping weed out of a child’s hands; feels everyone has the ability to govern their own household and have structure.

Grace: “I hear you. I hear you 2 Chainz. I hear you.” (Do you though?) Quickly shows yet another parent-forcing-baby to smoke video to further prove point.

2 Chainz: Thinks said parent is a bone head and may have mental issues deeper than a joint. (You tell her, 2 Chainz.)

Grace: Implies that if pot is legalized, unlimited access for child-abusing pot heads will bring about the end of the world.

2 Chainz: Informs Nancy that everyone already has the ability to get their hands on pot whether it’s legal or not. Argues legalization will minimize overcrowding in prisons and will help users be able to obtain loans, homes, and jobs.

Grace: “If you want to qualify for a home, why don’t you just not smoke pot! Why don’t you just not get arrested!” (I don’t think they wanted to get arrested.)

2 Chainz:  Sees legalization as a means to curb the national deficit and free up taxpayers’ money that can be better spent on potholes than pot smokers. Tells tour bus grinder arrest story, the charges of which were later dropped, and schools Grace on what a waste of taxpayers’ money it was.

Grace: Doesn’t disagree. Shows yet another baby smoking pot video. “Look. Look. Look. Look. Look. Look.” (Really, he’s looking.)

2 Chainz: “This kid may need marijuana when he’s about 16 because he may have some other things going on.” (Grace doesn’t know what he’s talking about.)

Grace: Demands to know why 2 Chainz doesn’t want his kids to sell pot like him. Shows yet another kid smoking pot video.

2 Chainz: Educates Grace on pawn shops and crack. Thinks the parent in video was high on crack. Wants to call the dude up and find out. Questions if it was even him or maybe a babysitter, an uncle, or a brother. (Creates reasonable doubt.)

Grace: Wants him to know she has a problem with his lyrics “Smoking California weed with California whores.”

2 Chainz: Truuuuuuuuuuuu.

 Obviously Twitter found the whole thing hilarious, including Grace’s ridiculous hashtag: #pot2blame.

Is another debate in the works? We should only be so lucky. Both 2 Chainz and Grace gave fans hope on Twitter, showing there’s no bad blood between the two.

After the recent legalization of marijuana in Oregon and Alaska, and the vote to legalize it in Washington D.C., the country’s opinion on marijuana has started to turn a corner. It’s the crackpots like Grace, with their ultra-conservative babble and highly irrelevant baby smoking videos, that are only delaying the inevitable. Until people are willing to accept the facts on marijuana, myths and paranoia will remain supreme.

Alexis Evans
Alexis Evans is an Assistant Editor at Law Street and a Buckeye State native. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in Business from Ohio University. Contact Alexis at



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