Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US presidential candidate Harris says she tried pot - and inhaled

US presidential candidate Harris says she tried pot - and inhaled

"They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognise when we're being played", Ms Harris said. She also highlighted her support for legalizing marijuana.

Kamala Harris (D-CA) sat for an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show in NY, and when the subject turned to marijuana legalization, she opened up about her feelings on the subject.

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, who launched her presidential campaign last month, said Monday that she won't waste time and energy defending herself against claims that she's not "black" enough to represent African-Americans in the White House. Harris, who said she smoked a "long time ago", didn't answer, but she did use the language of Marie Kondo to endorse weed. "I just broke loose".

A few years ago, Harris, as a state attorney general, was reluctant to endorse marijuana legalization in California, which for the longest time was a third rail opinion.

"I think [marijuana] gives a lot of people joy", the 2020 hopeful continued. Thirty-three states have legalized pot for medical use.

"That's not true. And look I joke about it, half joking - half my family's from Jamaica, are you kidding me", Harris replies, laughing. "Half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?"

But the former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general stressed the importance of researching the effects of the drug on young people. And we need more joy'. She has for years called for research into the impact of marijuana use on the developing brains of teenagers and young adults, and for standards to judge when drivers are impaired after using cannabis.


Varying degrees of marijuana legalization fared well at the polls in the 2018 elections.

Harris became the first Indian American and the second black woman to serve in the US Senate when she took office in 2017. "We have incarcerated so many particularly young men and young men of color in a way that we have not for the same level of use of other young men", Harris said. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination - that would end the federal marijuana prohibition. "Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do and it's the right thing to do", she tweeted.

Harris is a supporter of a bill - introduced by Sen.

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

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.

In an interview with KCRA-TV in August 2014, Harris is asked to respond to her opponent's stance on the issue.

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