Harris says she has smoked pot and supports marijuana legalization

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

Kamala Harris stopped by I Heart Radio morning show The Breakfast Club for a chat about her campaign ambitions.

"I did inhale", Harris said, laughing, during a discussion posted Monday by "The Breakfast Club" on New York's 105.1 FM.

Harris was also asked if she would smoke pot if it were legalized.

There are a lot of legitimate critiques of Harris' background as a prosecutor, so picking the most absurd claim to give her space to hit back on is a little odd.

Recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states, with several more states weighing legalization this year.

"That's not true. Look, I joke about it, I have joked about it. Are you kidding me?" she said with a chuckle.

"This not a "but, ' it is an 'and" - and we need to research, which is one of the reasons we need to legalize it". "I believe we need to legalize marijuana, and we need to research the impact of weed on a developing brain". "You know, that part of the brain that develops judgment, actually begins its growth at age 18 through age 24".

Her support for legalizing weed is in line with the position of a majority of the country.

"Right now in this country people are being arrested, being prosecuted, and end up spending time in jail or prison all due to their use of a drug that otherwise should be considered legal", she said in a press release.

Harris joins 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who in 2017 introduced legislation to end the decades-long ban on the medicinal plant, in the push to end the federal marijuana ban. "Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do, it's the right thing to do". She also signed on as a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill to make marijuana legal at the federal level.

Others supporting the bill are Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - who's launched a presidential exploratory committee - and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who's seriously considering a second bid for the White House.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA, who formally announced her candidacy on Saturday, has pushed for modernizing federal marijuana laws.

Harris' stance, which aligns herself with a growing movement in the Democratic Party and even among some Republicans, appears to be at odds with where she stood in 2014 when she was running for re-election as California attorney general.

"Yes", Harris replied. "It was a joint..."

It is not new for presidential candidates to admit to experimenting with marijuana - former President Barack Obama did also admitted to it while he was still a senator - and among the general public, a Gallup poll in 2017 found 45 percent of Americans admit to it.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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