Kamala Harris: I’ve Smoked Weed and ‘I Did Inhale’

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 12, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris publicly took a stand in favor of legalizing marijuana in a radio interview on Monday - and her reasoning caught people's attention. When asked whether ever experimented herself, she replied, "I have, and I did inhale".

Harris joins 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who in 2017 introduced legislation to end the decades-long ban on the medicinal plant, in the push to end the federal marijuana ban. "I will die black, and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand".

"They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognize when we're being played", Harris said. Her response was as telling as it was curiously candid: "Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy. I just broke news". "Half my family is from Jamaica, are you kidding me", she said, laughing.

"I have. And I inhaled", she said - an apparent reference to former President Bill Clinton's famous admission in 1992.

And the Democrat is polling rather well with those who are familiar with her: "A recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist Poll found that a majority of Americans - 54 percent - have not yet formed an opinion of Harris". Harris, who said she smoked a "long time ago", didn't answer, but she did use the language of Marie Kondo to endorse weed.

Harris was also asked if she would smoke pot if it were legalized. Kamala Harris on Monday said it is high time for the legalization of marijuana on the federal level - as she acknowledged that she once toked up in college.

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"Something else it's past time we get done is dismantling the failed war on drugs - starting with legalising marijuana", Harris wrote in the book, which was released in January.

Recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states, with several more states weighing legalization this year.

Harris explained that legalizing marijuana would be a big step forward in reforming the criminal justice system, which disproportionately incarcerates black Americans for petty, non-violent marijuana offenses.

More than a quarter-century later, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, said he was a regular pot smoker but stopped during the campaign: 'I want to be completely on top of my game, all cylinders'.

His predecessor Barack Obama was famously open about his drug use, recalling in a memoir his teenage friendships in a group he called 'The Choom Gang'. "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again". Harris spent more money on Facebook ads during the summer than any other senator despite not being up for re-election in November 2018, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

'I didn't do it when I was young, ' she said in a 2014 town hall.

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