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Avens O’Brien: Libertarians Are Obsessed With Pot. You Should Be Too. Here’s Why…

Avens O'Brien and Ann CoulterPhoto by Judd Weiss

Posted to Libertarian Republic

Libertarians Are Obsessed With Pot. You Should Be Too. Here’s Why…

by Avens O’Brien
March 18, 2015

Cannabis is in the air – or in the news a lot lately, as states continue to legalize, decriminalize and medicinalize the plant.

Last week, Senators Cory Booker, Rand Paul, and Kirsten Gillbrand introduced the first-ever bill in the US Senate to legalize cannabis for medical use. This is a historic moment, and speaks to the broad appeal of cannabis as an issue – two Democrats and a Republican, with massive support from the public have brought this forward.

Just this past Monday, an interview with VICE explored President Obama’s opinions on the subject. Though Obama is known for smoking plenty of weed in his past, he does not like this being a big issue among young voters:

“It shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority,” Obama said. “Let’s put it in perspective. Young people, I understand this is important to you, but you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana.”

Backlash was felt all around, most surprisingly on some mainstream talk shows like The View ,
which saw Obama being contradicted on his views by the hosts. Cannabis is incredibly popular right now , something libertarians are understandably excited about.

Obama’s comments reminded me of a dinner I attended in May 2014. I ended up sitting next to Ann Coulter as she mocked libertarian ideas while launching backhanded compliments at me regarding my appearance and alleged novelty within the movement.

After asking what I did for a living (I worked for Peter Schiff at the time) she interrupted me to tell me that while “this goldbug thing” was interesting, she met those “Students for Liberty kids” and “the problem with you libertarians is that you’re all obsessed with pot.”

Read more about Avens’ conversation with Ann Coulter right here .

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Jill Pyeatt is a small-business owner and jewelry designer from Southern California. She currently serves on the Judicial Committee of the Libertarian Party of CA. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. paulie paulie April 30, 2015

    It’s good to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. I am trying to become better at it, although it goes against my natural/deeply ingrained instincts and lifelong habits.

  2. Avens Avens April 29, 2015

    Andy –

    “What’s the story behind Avens O’Brien meeting Ann Coulter?”

    Dinner party in Malibu, CA. My friend happens to know her, and Ann was in town, so she was also invited to dinner.

    There were about a dozen of us total, a mix of libertarians and conservatives.

    Ann decided I was “adorable” and made me sit next to her at dinner, where she told me I was great but that libertarians are stupid, and went on about pot and immigration at length.

    She was surprisingly friendly, which made me see why she manages not to get hit everywhere she goes. But she was still spouting her normal nonsense.

  3. Nicolas Nicolas March 18, 2015

    I say legalize now!

  4. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt Post author | March 18, 2015

    LOL on the drowning comment!

    I don’t think I could be civil to Ann if I ever have the misfortune to meet her.

  5. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler March 18, 2015

    Was that picture taken right before Ann tried to drown her?

  6. Andy Andy March 18, 2015

    What’s the story behind Avens O’Brien meeting Ann Coulter?

  7. paulie paulie March 18, 2015

    That’s because that is who she in fact is, so it stands to reason that she looks like herself.

  8. Gallagher Titus Gallagher Titus March 18, 2015

    The one on the right looks like Ann Coulter.

  9. Nicolas Nicolas March 18, 2015

    The one on the left is better.

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