Kamala Harris on legalizing pot: ‘Half my family is from Jamaica — are you kidding me?’

In a stark contrast to Bill Clinton’s infamous “I didn’t inhale” response to questions about his alleged past use of marijuana, California senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris proudly declared that she’s smoked before, and she did in fact inhale.

During an appearance on The Breakfast Club radio show this Monday morning, Harris was asked by host Charlamagne tha God about rumors that claim she’s opposed to the legalization of marijuana, to which Harris responded, “That’s not true.”

“And look, I joke about it — half joking — half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” she said to an eruption of laughter in the studio.

Later in the segment, Charlamagne asked the question everyone wanted to know: “Have you ever smoked?”

“I have,” Harris responded matter of factly. “And I did inhale.”

Harris went on to explain that the last time she smoked was in college.

Charlamagne kept the interrogation going, asking her if she remembered anything about the high.

“I do,” she replied.

“So if it was legalized all throughout the country, and medicinal, would you again?” he pressed.

“Listen,” she said,” I think that it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy.”

As New York Magazine points out, Harris went on to say that she’d like to see more research done on how pot impacts a “developing brain.”

“The other issue that we’ve got to address is how we’re going to measure impairment when somebody has been smoking weed, in terms of driving,” she added.

Harris has come a long way on the issue, but hey, so has most people.

You can watch her full interview on The Breakfast Club here.

Watch the exchange in the video below:


Featured image via screen grab/Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.