Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

U.S. presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants marijuana legalised, cites Jamaican roots

U.S. presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants marijuana legalised, cites Jamaican roots

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.

Harris maintained a similar frankness throughout the segment, revealing that she smoked-at least one joint-"a long time ago" in college. "I just broke news", Harris added, according to Politico.

In a wide-ranging conversation that also touched on questions of racial inequality and criminal justice reform, Harris dismissed accusations that she opposes legalization, and then offered listeners a bit of a bombshell: Yep, she's smoked.

"I think that it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy".

The subject came up when the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants was asked about rumors she opposes the legalization of marijuana.

"That's not true. Half my family's from Jamaica, are you kidding me?" she asked, laughing. "Half my family is from Jamaica". "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently".

The former California attorney general has been hammered by liberals in her party for declining to support Proposition 64, a state ballot measure passed in 2016 to legalise the drug.

She has also called for more research into the drug's effect on the "developing brain" and for "investing in a solution" for law enforcement to determine the limits of driving while impaired by weed.

"You know, that part of the brain that develops judgment, actually begins its growth at age 18 through age 24", she added. Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana.

"Right now in this country people are being arrested, being prosecuted, and end up spending time in jail or prison all due to their use of a drug that otherwise should be considered legal", she said in a press release. "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.

Passing a "Medicare for all" bill in the House and Senate seems like a steep climb, but 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination - that would end the federal marijuana prohibition. When asked whether ever experimented herself, she replied, "I have, and I did inhale".

Harris supports a bill - introduced Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has launched a presidential exploratory committee, and Sen. "Harris supports the legal use of medicinal marijuana but does not support anything beyond that". Polls have shown that calling for full legalization at the federal level is a winning issue with voters.

Polling last fall showed that 62 percent of Americans are in favor of allowing adults to smoke weed.

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