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“Everybody should basically take care of their own. It’s about governing your own household, it’s about taking care of your own property, it’s about having some kind of structure,” said 2 Chainz.

In a debate video gone viral, rapper 2 Chainz eviscerated HLN host Nancy Grace, as the two debated marijuana policy/legalization and the rapper broke down his philosophy, based on personal responsibility, limited government and hard work.

In an act reminiscent of an almost “Reefer Madness” scale hysteria, Nancy Grace attempted to forward the argument that if marijuana were legalized, people would virtually lose their minds. Grace went so far as to play a video of a child abusing parent, Jessica Gamble, forcing her small child to smoke marijuana, as if that is the norm with marijuana users.

Grace, a former District Attorney, went on to forward the ridiculous notion that if marijuana is legalized, child abusers’ will have more access to marijuana, leading to more child abuse; a circular and foolish logic that is extremely hard to follow and patently absurd.

However, if Grace thought she was debating marijuana policy with some ignorant gangster rapper she would push around with bogus talking points, she was sadly mistaken.

Before becoming a world famous rapper, 2 Chainz was known as Tauheed Epps and was a scholar athlete at Alabama State University graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

2 Chainz, a marijuana advocate, proceeded to lay an intellectual smackdown on Grace stating that the woman in the video most likely wasn’t forcing her young child to smoke marijuana due to the fact that she was high as Grace was attempting to assert. Rather it was because of some type of preexisting mental defect with the woman. He posed the obvious question of what normal human being, whether high or not, would force a small child to smoke marijuana?

He highlighted the absurdity of her anecdotal rantings that the most extreme and fanatic behavior of one individual cannot be used to judge the average person, while pointing out that many marijuana users are responsible, hard working citizens and are great parents.

2 Chainz continued to wax intellectual stating,

“If you legalize this particular drug it can cut out certain things in the criminal justice system as far as the overcrowding of prisons, the putting this on our criminal record to prevent us from getting loans, prevent us from getting homes. Just the whole thing around recreational weed is not making sense to me.”

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Grace, in typical statist fashion replied,

”If you want to qualify for a home why don’t you just not smoke pot, why don’t you just not get arrested.”

Such ignorant statements by Grace speak volumes as to her lack of depth or insight into these problems, such as the 4th Amendment violating stop and frisk policy used by numerous departments across the US, and disproportionately imposed on people of color.

The ideas forwarded by Grace are absolutely rife with ignorance. 2 Chainz decimated and invalidated her arguments with intellectual dexterity and poise.

“Everybody should basically take care of their own. It’s about governing your own household, it’s about taking care of your own property, it’s about having some kind of structure,” said 2 Chainz.

Why should otherwise law-abiding citizens be subject to arrest, potential prison time, a felony record, loss of voting rights and gun rights for simply possessing or ingesting a plant that grows wild in nature?

As 2 Chainz succinctly pointed out the true ills associated with marijuana come generally not from the plant itself or use there of, but rather from the penalties the state has put forth upon those that make the choice of their own free will to utilize this plant.

The economic and social damage caused by U.S. drug policy is in and of itself a much greater threat to each and every American citizen than drugs themselves.

Since this video has aired, Nancy Grace, apparently admitting her defeat has issued a rematch challenge to the rapper.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has previously been published on and You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.