Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, who launched her presidential campaign last month, said Monday morning that she smoked marijuana in college, wants it legalized and remembers what it felt like to be high.
‘I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale. It was a long time ago, but yes. I just broke news!’ Harris said through a cascade of laughter on New York City‘s hip-hop radio program ‘The Breakfast Club.’
‘You know, I joke about it – half joke – but half my family’s from Jamaica! Are you kidding me?
‘It was a joint,’ Harris recalled, saying that she remember what it felt like to be high on the drug.
‘Listen: I think it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy!’ she laughed later in the interview.
Harris said she has long been an advocate for states legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, and now ants ot legalized in general.
‘I think we need to legalize marijuana,’ she said Monday, adding that ‘we need to move it on the schedule so that we can research the impact of weed on a developing brain.’
‘Not all drugs are the same,’ she insisted, while suggesting that criminalizing weed has disproportinately affected black men in America’s criminal justice system.