I joke about it, but half my family is from Jamaica. "I did inhale", she responded. "We need to expunge nonviolent marijuana-related offenses from the records of millions of people who have been arrested and incarcerated so they can get on with their lives".
Harris may find out that a brief Senate career won't cover for a lot of questionable calls during her time as California's Attorney General.
It was during college, Harris confirmed, and she said she used a joint.
"This not a "but, ' it is an 'and" - and we need to research, which is one of the reasons we need to legalize it".
Kamala Harris, a former California state attorney general, also said that she makes no apologies for pursuing violent criminals to keep communities safe, but added that she wished she could have done more to affect change.
Harris, who made a point of saying that her family is from Jamaica, started with a blanket statement: "I believe we need to legalize marijuana".
Marijuana Moment is a wire service assembled by Tom Angell, a marijuana legalization activist and journalist covering marijuana reform nationwide.
Asked if she's ever smoked marijuana, Harris said, "I have". Recreational use of the drug is already legal in her home state and many others.
"I have. And I did inhale", she said, laughing. Last year, Harris supported fellow 2020 candidate Sen.
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"I think [marijuana] gives a lot of people joy", the 2020 hopeful continued.
Harris is a supporter of a bill - introduced by Sen.
She is part of a rapidly expanding Democratic White House field that includes Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - who's launched a presidential exploratory committee - and Sen. Also expected to join the race is Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also has advocated for modernizing federal marijuana laws.
Currently, marijuana is classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a schedule I drug (meaning a high potential for abuse, addiction, and no known medical use), indicating that the government does not recognize its medicinal and therapeutic potential.
"I think they don't understand who black people are", Harris replied.
In an interview with KCRA-TV in August 2014, Harris is asked to respond to her opponent's stance on the issue.
The hosts said an internet meme claimed Harris is "not African American" because her father is Jamaican, her mother is Indian, and Harris herself went to high school in Montreal, Canada.