Kamala Harris, US senator and Democratic Party candidate in the 2020 presidential election, copped to being a former cannabis consumer earlier today during an appearance on 'The Breakfast Club' radio show. On top of discussing her cannabis use, Senator Harris also reiterated her commitment to legalizing marijuana across the country.
"I believe we need to legalize marijuana," she said, clearly stating her position. "We need to move it on the schedule so that we can researched the impact of weed on a developing brain."
By this, Harris is referring to marijuana’s designation as a Schedule I drug in the United States. Currently, cannabis is listed alongside heroin and cocaine as the most dangerous and addictive controlled substances, which makes researching the plan extremely difficult as scientists must file mountains of paperwork and jump through numerous hoops just to get their research projects approved.
When asked if she had previously consumed the drug, Harris replied in the affirmative.
"I have. And I did inhale," she said, laughing, referring to Bill Clinton’s infamous 1992 admission that he "experimented with marijuana a time or two, and didn’t like it, and didn’t inhale, and never tried it again."
Harris did, however, qualify her statement by saying that it was "a long time ago," adding that her primary reason for wanting to legalize it is to help mitigate the incarceration rate for young men of color in the country.
While this is Senator Harris’ first public admission to smoking cannabis, her position on legalization is nothing new. Her remarks echo similar statements made last year after signing Senator Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act.
Her reasons for wanting to legalize the substance are not purely political, however. She also feels that a legal cannabis system is something that will make the American people happier.
"I think it gives a lot of people joy - and we need more joy," she said.
To she her talk about this, as well as the other promises of her campaign, watch the full interview below.