Kamala Harris, the Democratic senator from California and 2020 presidential contender, clarified her views on cannabis on this morning during a remarkably frank interview with the popular New York City radio show "The Breakfast Club". She added, laughing, "You know, half my family is from Jamaica". Are you kidding me?'
In a wide-ranging conversation that also touched on questions of racial inequality and criminal justice reform, Harris dismissed accusations that she opposes legalization, and then offered listeners a bit of a bombshell: Yep, she's smoked.
With an increasingly-crowded Democratic primary looming ahead in 2020, Harris may be anxious her mainstream media support isn't enough to carry her to the general, especially with the controversies surrounding her pre-congressional law-and-order record as California's Attorney General.
Harris wasn't always so high on pot legalization. I will die black, and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand'.
Support for legalization has grown substantially in recent years.
Almost thirty years ago, the first Baby Boomer president tried to sidestep the question of marijuana use.
Harris was interviewed on "The Breakfast Club" radio show, with hosts DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God, CNN reported. Pressed, Harris said that she'd smoked a joint and that she did remember the high. She seemingly threw shade at former President Bill Clinton by saying she "did inhale", alluding to Clinton's infamous denial that he "didn't inhale" when smoking marijuana.
"We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren't starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed", Harris said.
Continuing on the subject, Charlamagne asked if the senator would consume cannabis again in a post-legalization world. Instead, Harris laughed and said, "listen, I think that it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy". She portrays herself as one of many gearing up to change the face of the White House, as she says she is running to "lift those voices, to bring our voices together".
Despite her past rhetoric, Harris has earned an A rating from NORML.
She also called for recreational marijuana legalization, with a quip that did not seem to put limits on legitimate marijuana use. Harris is the most intersectional candidate the Democrats could possibly field in the 2020 election.
New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, another senator seeking his party's presidential nomination, introduced legislation in 2017 to legalize marijuana across the USA - a bill that "all but forced contenders to take a stance on the legalization of marijuana" as they campaign for the presidency, Politico reported.