Growing up people told me I should have been a lawyer, but I could never bring myself to choose that career path. While not all lawyers are bad people (despite the stereotypes) often it seems to be a successful trial lawyer you really have to kind of sell your soul to do it. Which is something I never wanted any part of.
If you want a prime example of a lawyer who’s sold her soul to make money, look no further than one of the bottom feeders of our judicial system — Nancy Grace.
I’ve never been able to stand the woman. Her fake over the top shtick is so ridiculous that usually when I see her talking about anything I have to keep myself from laughing.
Well, when I read her ridiculous comments about marijuana legalization, I sure as hell wasn’t laughing.
During a back and forth with Mason Tvert, Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, to say she had some outrageous claims about people who smoke marijuana would be an understatement.
What she said was flat-out stupid.
First, Ms. Grace cut off Mr. Tvert’s correct claim that the majority of Americans support marijuana legalization by saying, “in a nutshell, could you say why you think marijuana should be legalized — because, I mean, you know it’s addictive, highly addictive.”
Then she pulled the old lawyer trick of getting Mr. Tvert to admit that marijuana is in fact addictive, though no more than video games or caffeine.
Tvert said, “marijuana’s addictive properties have been found to be actually pretty mild compared to alcohol and tobacco, and even caffeine.”
“So you — you are admitting it is addictive,” Grace interjected.
“Yes,” Tvert replied, “so is sex, so are video games.”
“So you’re admitting it! You’re admitting it!”
This is that trick lawyers pull in a courtroom where they get the witness to say “yes” because they ask a question that’s not a simple “yes” or “no” response, but by getting the witness to say “yes” they want the argument ended there because that’s all they wanted them to say.
But then that’s where Ms. Grace went off the deep end:
“The reason I’m against legalization is that I’ve seen too many felonies, felonies and I don’t mean pot sales or growing pot. I mean people on pot that shoot each other, that stab each other, that strangle each other, that kill whole families, wipe out a whole family.”
Her outrageous claim is only trumped by her absolute stupidity.
Of course if you handpick a story here and there where someone who did smoke weed committed some kind of heinous act then you could say, “See, they smoked and look what they did!” But you can do that with anything. And if that’s the case, then alcohol is horrific considering people die every day due to alcohol related issues such as health or drinking and driving.
There are millions of people who smoke marijuana, and drink, who are model citizens living ordinary lives. This idea that smoking weed will lead to all that nonsense she said is ridiculous.
Hey Nancy, guess what? People who knit commit murders. People who enjoy ice cream strangle each other. To point toward a handful of cases where somebody who happened to smoke weed did these things, when there are millions of people who smoke weed, is absolutely absurd.
As Tvert said, “You sound like you’re from the 1930s.”
Are there legitimate concerns about the legalization of marijuana? Sure. But over the top nonsense like that spouted out by Nancy Grace does nothing but perpetuate ignorant stereotypes and showcase her total ignorance about the entire situation.
Then again, judging by what I have seen from Nancy Grace, her “logic” more often than not showcases her ignorance on pretty much anything she’s talking about.
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