In recent years, California Senator and 2020 presidential contender Kamala Harris has publicly recalibrated her attitudes towards cannabis. On Monday, she took her support for the drug’s regulation a step forward. “Half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” she told Charlamagne Tha God, host of popular NYC radio show “The Breakfast Club” when he raised the topic of legalization. The host followed up by asking if she herself had smoked. “I did inhale,” she laughed.
“It was a long time ago, but yes,” the former California attorney general qualified, after the tongue in cheek reference to Bill Clinton’s infamous 1992 campaign sound bite about his disappointing personal experiences with marijuana while he was studying in England. “Listen, I think [it] gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy,” Harris said.
“I believe we need to legalize marijuana, and we need to research the impact of weed on a developing brain,” she told Charlamagne, echoing points made in her recently released memoir.
The senator currently enjoys an A rating from NORML, which highlights Harris’ pointed comment to former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the page of information the organization has collected on Harris; “Let me