Ann Coulter said “marijuana makes people retarded” and “no one goes to prison for pot possession.”
The remarks were made during a nonpartisan political panel at Politicon 2017, which included Coulter, marijuana advocate and The Young Turks correspondent Ana Kasparian, and Touré serving as moderator. The panel, which lasted almost an hour, had Coulter and Kasparian go back and forth on a number of topics, but it was a discussion on the legality of marijuana in the United States that incited some inflammatory remarks from Coulter.
In a report from Newsweek, it all began when Kasparian spoke about the racial disparities involving marijuana charges, with black people often arrested and sentenced at much higher rates for marijuana use and possession when compared to their white counterparts.
Coulter then responded with the following:
There have been further studies where they actually drug test the person after asking ‘Do you smoke pot, or have you smoked pot in the last week?’ and it turns out there’s a racial difference in telling the truth on ‘Did you smoke pot’? Blacks were about 10 times more likely to lie and say they hadn’t smoked pot.
When pressed to cite the source from Touré, Coulter said she couldn’t recall its origin but that she would email it to him. The conservative columnist then proceeded to say that no one actually serves time for marijuana possession.
No, I know you’re all potheads, and you’re gonna have trouble following what I’m about to say, but almost 90 percent of people in prison are in prison as a result of a plea bargain. No one gets arrested and tried for possession of marijuana. But if they happen to have marijuana on them that’s what they plea it down. But you’re not going to prison for that, you’re going to prison because you held up a liquor store with a sawed-off shotgun, and they found pot on you.
However, as Newsweek points out, a study from the American Civil Liberties Union found that more than 8.2 million people were arrested on marijuana charges between 2001 and 2010, with Eighty-eight percent of the arrests made on possession alone.
A video of the panel can be watched below.