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Rapper 2 Chainz tells Nancy Grace about his experience with the police over small amounts of marijuana

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I don't even know how to describe Nancy Grace. She has a television show; I'll leave it at that. Last night she had the rapper Tauheed Epps, aka 2 Chainz, on her program to debate the legalization of marijuana. Grace's performance is pretty horrifying, but 2 Chainz keeps his patience throughout and explains why the legalization of marijuana benefits society.

Here's a transcript of some of what he said:

Everybody has the ability to get their hands on pot right now, whether it’s legal or not. I just feel like if you legalize this particular drug it could cut out certain things in the criminal justice system as far as the over-crowding of prisons, as far as putting this on our criminal records to prevent us from getting loans, prevent us from getting homes. The whole thing around recreational weed is not making any sense to me.

[Legalizing pot] frees up taxpayers’ money. It allows us to do something with this extra funds as far as fixing everything from potholes in the street to a stadium. So I’m down with it.

Nancy doesn’t understand the connection between legalization and freeing up taxpayer money. 2 Chainz explains:

I have one example…My bus gets pulled over and they say they smell weed like they do all the time. They find a grinder on my bus that has .01 [grams] of residue inside of it. They lock me up, they strip me, and then they find out I’m a rapper and they want to 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, “Did you pack your own bags? Is this your grinder?” And I tell them, “No.” “Well who packed your bags?” They find out my security does it. They drop my case, and 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 know what it is.

And here's a 2 Chainz song:

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