Our quote this week comes from rapper 2 Chainz’s recent evisceration/debate with Nancy Grace. Much of the debate, of course, was television theater, but there was one particularly troubling point Ms. Grace kept trying to make: that marijuana should be illegal because people “on it” have done some horrible things. This argument is so bad and really so contrary to Ms. Grace’s usual views on crime, that it is not even clear to us that she herself believes it. Rather, we have a sneaking suspicion that she harped on this for (horrors) the ratings. 2 Chainz himself admitted during the debate that he has two personas, one 2 Chainz the rapper, and two, who he is in real life. No reason not to believe the same cannot be said of Ms. Grace.
The reason we say this is because law and order types like Ms. Grace are big on personal responsibility. If someone gets drunk and murders someone, there is just no way Ms. Grace would blame the alcohol rather than the person. Indeed, one would like to think that she has enough understanding of human psychology, statistics and criminal law to understand that the cause of the murder was the murderer, not the alcohol. Yet she kept throwing all this out the window in the debate.
Ms. Grace kept referring to a recent case in which the 3-year-old daughter of a Colorado couple died in a mobile home fire while her parents were drinking and smoking pot on the porch, a teacher accused of letting minors smoke pot at her house, and a video of a toddler smoking a joint as proof that marijuana should be illegal. To us, those things are just proof that these people are horribly irresponsible and should and can be arrested under laws that have nothing to do with marijuana being legal for adults. Taken to their logical conclusion, Ms. Grace’s harping on marijuana as the cause of these crimes can be seen as absolving the people who actually committed them. Does she not realize that her twisted logic, if widely accepted, could lead to criminals going free by claiming that “it wasn’t me, it was the pot that did it.”
Strange as it may seem, both 2 Chainz and us take a much harder line. If found guilty, these people ought to go to jail, pot or not. I mean seriously, who would believe otherwise? Do you?
Here’s 2 Chainz’s explanation
It’s the same thing we talked about earlier with 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.
I just feel like you can’t use these particular stories to define everyone that has recreational use.”
I have two beautiful little girls and I’m a great father. I just feel like everybody should basically take care of there 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.
It’s called personal responsibility. It’s called choice. Get used to it, Ms. Grace, because you yourself usually preach the same thing.