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In a televised interview, Nancy Grace brought rapper 2 Chainz onto her show to talk about pot legalization. The entire discussion was basically Grace trying to blame people’s misuse of marijuana on the plant itself, as well as trying to outsmart 2 Chainz on a subject he was obviously knowledgeable in. She also found it necessary to question, in a cynical manner, his stage name, music lyrics, and appearance during a debate those things had nothing to do with. It was obvious that she was expecting to debate against a dumb weed head rapper. Instead she got the 4.0 grade point average Alabama State University graduate.

 

Citing incidents where irresponsible parents, like Jessica Gamble, gave recreational marijuana to children, Nancy asked Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, why he would still support the plant’s legalization. This was pretty much her entire argument throughout the footage. His rebuttal was the same every time, as well, which included facts such as no cases of anyone overdosing on usage of marijuana or dying from occasionally smoking it have been documented, and that, like cigarettes, smoking marijuana can lead to lung cancer and emphysema, but as cigarettes are legal and usage is left up to the discretion of buyers, the question remains why the same is not done for recreational marijuana smokers. Granted, there are restrictions on cigarettes, like the fact that their distributors cannot air ads on television, and smoking is prohibited on school grounds and in many places it was at one time legal to smoke in or around, such as restaurants. However, 2 Chainz also touched on the fact that recreational marijuana use carries an unfair demonizing stigma, and because of this the money and time of taxpayers is wasted when users who get arrested must go through the court system to determine a punishment, which is usually being jailed for too long simply for smoking a plant.

 

Also, laws in place in many states where marijuana is illegal have also been known to keep citizens who need it for medicinal purposes from obtaining it.

 

Of course the ever intrusive Nancy Grace seemed to not be able to fight back against these truths past contradicting herself or using 2 Chainz’ musical work to insult his character. While it is a fact 2 Chainz’ lyrics are and have been materialistic and misogynistic since the beginning of his mainstream music career, the subject that was being debated was marijuana legalization, not the legitimacy of rap lyrics and/or stage persona. Also the first time 2 Chainz told Nancy that it was unfair to directly connect and blame the recreational marijuana smokers community for irresponsible people and label every weed smoker as a lunatic, she cut him off mid sentence and told him he was not defining every smoker as such, but that “legalizing pot ends up in stories like this, referring to the Jessica Gamble case. She basically said that the legalization of pot can only lead to more situations like this. This is funny because legal or not, Jessica Gamble still did what she did, and just by referring to that case as the only result that could come from marijuana’s legalization, her true sentiments about the plant were exposed, being that she does see the stoner community as a mass of irresponsible people who do not contribute to society.

 

This is the real underlying issue that Nancy exposed by allowing her personal sentiments to speak louder than facts, if she had any for her argument. People’s belief that the criminalization of marijuana users is justified is keeping the plant from being legalized. Legalization would mean business opportunities for states who could tax the plant, medicinal opportunities for those in need of it, and the beginning of the end of the demonization of recreational users. Of course certain people in power believe none of this is worth anything because of the stupidity and idiotic acts they associate the plant with.


In the end, by keeping his composure while Nancy kept throwing aimless jabs, it is clear who won the debate. Tauheed Epps provided facts while Nancy thought she would verbally defeat him because of a predetermined perception of a rapper. It’s ironic how rapidly the stereotype of marijuana users being unintelligent slackers is changing.  2 Chainz-1, Nancy Grace-0.

You can watch the full interview here.

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