HLN host Nancy Grace clashed with famed rapper 2 Chainz over marijuana legalization Tuesday night, lambasting the drug and questioning the entertainer's impact on young people.
TV personality Nancy Grace (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
"Why do you advocate legalization of pot?" Grace asked, with 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, laying out his reasoning.
Pushing back against some of the stories of parental abuse that Grace cited in her arguments against legalization, 2 Chains said that her views didn't quite hold up.
"I don't think that you can put an umbrella on the whole community off these two instances that you just named," he said, with Grace shooting back, "What community is that — the potheads?"
2 Chains clarified that he was, indeed, talking about "the stoners," affirming his belief that it's unfair to stereotype them.
"I've seen video of you smoking a big fat doobie," Grace said, questioning the image that the rapper portrays to young people in his audience. "What I'm saying to you is this — people listen to you, and while you may be able to get high and your children are kept away from that and they're not growing up like — is my guess, is my hope — other people don't have the advantages that you have."
Grace said that she fears that legalization would put additional pot in the hands of irresponsible adults, but 2 Chains said that legalizing the drug would actually be beneficial.
"If you legalize this particular drug, it could cut out certain things in the criminal justice system," he said, citing a reduction in the overcrowding of prisons and cleaner criminal records that would remove barriers some people face to home buying based on drug records.
"If you want to qualify for a home then why don't you just not smoke pot?" Grace shot back. "Why don't you just not get arrested?"
Watch the exchange below: