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Nancy Grace's marijuana stance was revealed on CNN Tuesday and the fiery TV show host slammed pot smokers, calling them "fat and lazy." CNN host Brooke Baldwin argued that marijuana is not inherently dangerous when smoked in a private space, but Grace wouldn't be persuaded, saying that legalizing recreational use of the drug is a slippery slope.
Nancy Grace said that marijuana laws allowing the drug recreationally in Colorado would only invite chaos, saying she wouldn't want her children to be taken care of by someone who smokes pot. The state began allowing sales of the drug last week to recreational users over 21.
"I mean, come on, ask yourself, do you want your cab driver to be high on pot? How about your airline pilot? What about that?" she challenged Baldwin.
Grace also said that her time as a federal prosecutor exposed her to many marijuana users, which she described as "lethargic, sitting on the sofa, eating chips … fat and lazy."
Baldwin pointed out that marijuana in Colorado is restricted to "private confined spaces" and that no one has ever died exclusively from smoking pot. In the case of a high cab driver, if a marijuana user is caught operating a motor vehicle with THC levels higher than five nanograms per milliliter of blood or fails a sobriety test, they are automatically arrested for DUI. Five nanograms is a relatively small amount, and a CNN experiment last February showed that drivers with more than three times that amount could safely pass a driving test.
In addition, purchase of marijuana in Colorado is limited to one ounce per transaction for state residents and one quarter-ounce for out-of-state residents. Colorado is just now implementing the new law, Washington state isn't far behind, and New York state recently just legalized small amounts for select patients in medical use.
Still, Grace said that the widespread effects of legalized marijuana on the populace can't truly be known, and that the states would see detrimental effects in the future.
"You know what, Colorado gets what they asked for," Grace said, calling marijuana users a threat to public safety.