Kamala Harris Admits To Having 'Inhaled' As She Pushes For Marijuana Legalization
Despite a previous anti-marijuana stance, Kamala Harris says she supports efforts to legalization.
On Monday, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris said she's for legalizing marijuana on The Breakfast Club.
Harris said she had smoked a blunt back in college and admitted to the hosts that "I inhaled," a somewhat petty throwback to commentary former President Clinton made in his 1992 campaign, saying he tried marijuana but "didn't inhale."
The native Californian stated that rumors about her not supporting weed are untrue, elaborating that, "half my family is from Jamaica, are you kidding me?"
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This announcement might come as a pleasant surprise to nearly 62 percent of Americans that are in favor of marijuana legalization, according to the Pew Research Center.
Still, Harris' policies have not always reflected the pro-legalization stance she relayed on The Breakfast Club.
During her district attorney days in San Francisco, she opposed Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 that nearly 54 percent of Californians voted "no" on and was subsequently shut down.
According to The Hill, Harris also opposed recreational legalization in 2015 but supports a proposed bill called the Marijuana Justice Act to decriminalize the drug along with fellow presidential hopeful Democratic Senator Cory Booker.
"African-Americans use marijuana at roughly the same rate as whites but are approximately four times more likely to be arrested for possession,” Harris said to The Hill. “The fact is marijuana laws are not applied and enforced the same way for all people.”
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