In tonight's episode of "Nancy Grace," titled “#Pot2Blame?,” 2 Chainz went toe-to-toe with the HLN host in a debate over marijuana legalization -- and he more than held his own.
Grace frequently mentioned that Tity Two Necklaces graduated from college with a 4.0 grade point average, and he showcased his higher education with a series of well-informed, concise arguments supporting the initiative to make marijuana legal.
After insisting that she wasn't condemning everybody who smoked weed -- those who have been prescribed marijuana for medicinal purposes, for example -- Grace appealed to her the Atlanta rapper, born Tauheed Epps', parental side.
“You say that there are reasonable people that can smoke pot, use pot and they won’t involve their children -- nobody else is going to get hurt,” Grace said, before singling out the videos of parents forcing their children to smoke weed. “But what about these people?”
“It’s the same thing we talked about earlier, darling,” Chainz said. “With the legalization of alcohol, you will find some footage like this but everybody is not doing this. Some people actually love their child. Some people know that it’s obviously wrong. So, this is nothing to really argue about. These people are obviously imbeciles. You can’t use this case to define an entire community.”
Outside of providing sensible arguments -- like how there are no documented cases of anyone overdosing from marijuana use -- the “No Lie” MC used his own brush with the law as an example of how the current law against the recreational use of cannabis is a burden to taxpayers.
“For me, I’m a taxpayer,” Chainz said. “My bus get pulled over, and they say they smell weed like they do all the time. They find a grinder on my bus that has .01 of residue inside of it. OK? They lock me up, they strip me, then they find out I’m a rapper and they wanna know how fine is Nicki Minaj. They wanna take pictures, and they wanna let me go. They obviously charge me with .01, I go to court, I go to trial and then they say do you pack your own bags, is this your grinder? I tell them no. well they find out my security does it, they drop my case and then they pick it up on my security who obviously beats the case. If that’s not a waste of taxpayers' time and money, I don’t what it is.”
Grace agreed with Chainz’s point, but she continued to push her anti-marijuana agenda.
On a lighter note, Grace managed to squeeze in a question about the origins of her fellow College Park representer’s rap moniker.
“While I have you, why the two chains? Just curious…” she asked.
“2 Chainz was obviously my second time coming around as a rapper,” Chainz answered. “My first name was Tity Boi, but the name came from an internal thing with my Mom. Me being an only child, me being breastfed, so the whole family called me Tity Boi. So then when it was time for me to really go out here and make a name for myself, I figured, like, 2 Chainz could obviously mean this is my second chance. One chain being who I am and another chain basically being what I strive to be. They have a little deeper meaning.”
T.R.U. story. You tell ‘em, Chainz.