T.I. sat down for an interview with Larry King, talking about his views on the legalization of marijuana and his decision to star with his wife in the VH1 reality show ‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’.
Asked if marijuana should be legalized, the rapper responded, “Yes I do. I believe it should be, and also I think that if we, America, and I know this is an extremely liberal point that I’m about to make, if we taxed marijuana and sold it, and the money went back into the nation, I think that would help the deficit some. I think that would boost the economy in ways we couldn’t even imagine.”
As for why he chose to open up his life to the public with a reality show, T.I. responded, “When I was in prison, I was observing all of the speculative comments that were coming towards me, just the critical, harsh comments that were coming towards me and my wife due to the circumstances that landed me back in prison. I felt people were kind of taking snapshots at my life, and one bad decision and trying to lay a foundation that made me the man that I am. Like all I did is ride around in Maybachs, sipping on lean and doing doing u-turns all day, when that was just one day. For the rest of the 364 days of the year, I was a family man. I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a son, and a pillar to the community. I wanted people to be able to judge me from a place of certainty and understanding rather than speculation.”
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