WATCH: Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris supports marijuana legalization, says it “gives a lot of people joy”
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana, becoming another in a long line of 2020 contenders to bring the issue front-and-center. She made her position known in a Monday morning interview on the New York City-based radio show “The Breakfast Club.”
The senator from California also made the now-rather boring admission that she smoked a joint in college.
“And I inhaled,” she added, jokingly referencing former President Bill Clinton’s famous pronouncement that he never inhaled.
“Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy,” Harris said when asked if she would ever try cannabis again. “And we need more joy.”
Harris also touched on issues of race and the disparity in incarceration rates for African-Americans when it comes to cannabis-related arrests. She spoke of a need for reparations, which included plans for historically black colleges and universities, as well as tax proposals to help with issues of poverty. Criminal justice reform was high on her list of ideas as well.
“We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed,” she said in the interview. “So we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.”
The entire interview can be seen below.