How to Argue Against Marijuana Legalization Like Nancy Grace (Or Not)

The Nancy Grace/2 Chainz pot debate wasn't even close.
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For someone who covers law and order, HLN’s Nancy Grace is surprisingly unfamiliar with the arguments against marijuana legalization.

On Tuesday, Grace debated 2 Chainz, the obviously pro-pot rapper who argued for legalization on from a criminal-justice standpoint. While the anti-legalization crowd makes several valid points against pot—it’s bad for kids' brains, edibles look too much like cookies and brownies—Grace made none of them. 

Instead, she argued that marijuana shouldn’t be legalized because there are a bunch of videos of people making their kids smoke weed, and because 2 Chainz wouldn’t want his daughters to become drug dealers.

Grace joked that she would bring 2 Chainz back to talk him out of his support for legalization. But before she does, she might want to consider these three moments from her interview.

Irresponsible parents will make their kids smoke pot

After seeing several blurry videos of children smoking weed, 2 Chainz countered that alcohol poses the same risks. “With the legalization of alcohol you would find some footage like this, but everybody’s not doing this,” he said. “Some people actually love their child.”

Grace could have argued that marijuana legalization has created a new market for marijuana-infused sweets that kids sometimes get into. Colorado lawmakers are set to decide on new rules for edibles labeling and sales later this year

Everyone will have access to pot 

“If this is legalized, everybody is going to have unlimited access to pot,” Grace said. 

“Um, I’m not sure if you know, but everybody has the ability to get their hands on pot right now,” 2 Chainz replied. 

You wouldn’t want your kids to be drug dealers

After showing another video of a toddler smoking pot, the host asked 2 Chainz about himself and whether he had smoked pot when he was in high school. He replied that he hadn’t but that he had sold drugs. “And would you want your children to do that?” she asked.

This is a silly question for two reasons. One, in a system where legalized pot is at or below market value, it would limit the need for drug dealers like 16-year-old 2 Chainz and maybe even push them out altogether.

Two, most people don’t want their young daughters to grow up to be pot dealers. “It was a way of living,” 2 Chainz said, adding that he didn’t want his kids to do the same because “I did it for them. I sacrificed that so they wouldn’t have to do that.”