If you haven’t heard of Ann Coulter - please, for your sanity, keep it that way. If you do know Ann Coulter, you won’t be surprised to hear that she’s doing her Ann Coulter thing again. This time, she’s insisting that marijuana is "destroying the country".
The far right provocateur spoke at this past weekend’s Politicon. During a debate with The Young Turks correspondent and marijuana advocate Ana Kasparian, Coulter said that “no one gets arrested and tried for possession of marijuana”.
Yeah. I know. For the record, Texas alone makes around 60 000 arrests for simple possession each year.
She went on, somehow. When pressed on the disproportionately high cannabis arrest rates for African Americans, Coulter cited a study (which hasn’t yet surfaced) saying that, in her words, "Blacks were about 10 times more likely to lie and say they hadn’t smoked pot.” Oh, also, “marijuana makes people retarded”.
You can watch the whole debate at Newsweek, if you must. This is far from the first time Coulter has trotted out some foolishness on marijuana. On a 2014 episode of Piers Morgan Live, she unleashed this doozy:
"Alcohol is good for you. Pot is not good for you. And in fact it is very cancerous. Now they're getting these young kids coming in and having heart attacks at very young ages. And it's because they're potheads. And, by the way, at least they'll save me money if they'll just go ahead and die, but they rarely just go ahead and die."
Chances are this won’t be the last time we hear from Coulter. As more and more Americans come onside with marijuana legalization, we shouldn't be surprised when opponents start slinging mud. In the meantime, someone really should name a strain after her. OG BS, perhaps.