Watch Nancy Grace Battle 2 Chainz in Televised Pot Debate

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The rapper tweeted that Bill O'Reilly is "up next."

2 Chainz is partial to the green stuff, and he's keen for all 50 states to get behind it with him. But Nancy Grace will have none of it. So producers of the legal commentator's HLN show convinced the rapper to take part in a televised showdown on marijuana. And the result was a minor masterstroke.

It was a matchup between polar opposites. In one corner is Grace as the stern, righteous host. She was in the mood for a heated rant, and, on more than one occasion, she cut off her guest. In the other, 2 Chainz was calm and confident and dressed to impress in a sweater and glasses. From his appearance, you'd expect the guy to smoke a pipe with a cup of warm milk and a pair of slippers.

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2 Chainz (real name Tauheed Epps) made his argument that legalizing pot across all states could reduce the overcrowding of prisons and help smokers from blighting their lives with criminal records. 

"We're in a deficit. We've got to find ways of getting out," he explained. "If we got half of the states legalizing pot, if the rest of the community legalizes pot that frees up taxpayers' money, that'll allow us to do something extra with these funds, from fixing potholes in the street to building stadiums. I'm down with it."

Grace insinuated that, should everyone have access to the drug, little kids across the country would soon be lighting up. By way of evidence, her team played multiple clips of parents pushing pot on their youngsters.

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"Anybody that loves their kid definitely knows not to put them in harm's way. ... I don't agree with that at all. [The mother] might have mental issues. It may be something deeper than a joint," 2 Chainz responded to one eye-opening video. 

2 Chainz also discussed his bust and brief incarceration in 2013, which ultimately meant he missed playing Live Nation's Inaugural Movement festival in Sydney. The promoters canceled the show just weeks out, blaming his no-show among the reasons. The hip-hop artist was later acquitted of drug charges.

And why is he down with pot? "It helps with anxiety. It helps with being someone who has shows in front of 50,000-60,000 people, who has to do meet-and-greets and be friendly and cordial to thousands of fans, it helps with relaxation, it helps with appetite. It helps with nausea, when you're on a flight from here to Africa … it helps with rest, with sleep."

The rapper later took to his social media accounts to announce his next target for a debate: Bill O'Reilly.

 

Watch the debate below.

This story first appeared on billboard.com

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