Kamala Harris acknowledges smoking weed in the past
September 12, 2020
Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday acknowledged that she has smoked marijuana in the past.
In a radio interview on New York City radio station WWPR’s “The Breakfast Club,” Harris, who recently entered the 2020 presidential race, said she smoked a joint “a long time ago” and pushed back on accusations that she has opposed efforts to legalize marijuana.
“I have,” she said when asked by host Charlamagne Tha God if she had ever smoked marijuana.
“And I did inhale,” she added, joking about former President Clinton’s famous line that he had smoked marijuana but “didn’t inhale.”
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Harris went on to say that accusations she has tried to keep the drug from becoming legalized are not true.
“That’s not true,” she said.
“Half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” she added, laughing.
Harris added that she supports legalization, a stance she expanded on in a new book published last month.
Last year, Harris backed fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D-N.J.) proposed bill to decriminalize the drug.
“I think that it gives a lot of people joy. We need more joy,” she said of marijuana in the interview Monday.
Harris faced criticism for laughing off a question about legalization of recreational marijuana in 2014 when she was running for reelection as California attorney general.
Nationwide support has grown for legal recreational pot, with 62 percent of respondents saying in an October poll that they support legalizing marijuana.
Currently, 10 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational pot, and 33 have legalized medical marijuana. Oregon Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenNursing homes under scrutiny after warnings of seized stimulus checks Hillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests MORE (D) last week introduced a bill to legalize the substance at the federal level.