Election 2020

Kamala Harris Says Marijuana ‘Brings People Joy’

The Democrat from California and the 2020 hopeful favors legalizing weed — and didn't mind sharing her own experiences with it from years past

“I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world,” Harris said about marijuana during an appearance on The Breakfast Club radio show — a nationally syndicated program — in New York City on Monday morning.

The program calls itself “the world’s most dangerous morning show.”

Considered by many a rising star in the Democratic Party, the junior senator from the Golden State was responding to speculation that she was against legalizing cannabis — to which she quipped on the air: “Half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

She also told the radio hosts, as she laughed, that she smoked a joint “a long time ago” in college.

“I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale,” she told them.

She also said, “It was a long time ago, but yes. I just broke news.”

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Harris also pointed out that “we need to research the impact of weed on a developing brain” — and also said that measurements of how marijuana impairs people who are driving are needed.

Harris is a supporter of a bill — introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — that would end the federal marijuana prohibition, as Fox News and others have noted. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also has advocated for modernizing federal marijuana laws.

The weed reveal by Harris is very telling, given that the former state attorney general last year unleashed her prosecutorial-like fury on now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Harris said to Kavanaugh during the Senate confirmation hearings last summer.

Harris and Planned Parenthood were later condemned for pushing a deceptively edited video that appeared to show Kavanaugh’s description of contraceptives as “abortion-inducing drugs,” as The Blaze noted.

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“Harris tweeted out a highly deceptive 11-second video that removed all context from Kavanaugh’s comments,” the outlet reported.

“The video, therefore, made it appear that ‘abortion-inducing drugs’ [was] how Kavanaugh personally views contraceptives.”

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Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor.