Kamala Harris supports legalizing marijuana, says she 'did inhale' in college

It’s not whether Kamala Harris is ‘black enough,’ critics say but whether her policies will support native black Americans

Harris also responded to claims that President Barack Obama did not do enough to help black Americans.

"I just broke news", she said. "I'm not going to spend my time trying to educate people about who black people are, because right now, frankly, I'm focused on, for example, an initiative that I have that is called the "LIFT Act" that is about lifting folks out of poverty".

"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", Harris said. "I was born Black. I will die black, and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand".

Asked if she's ever smoked marijuana, Harris said, "I have". She seemingly threw shade at former President Bill Clinton by saying she "did inhale", alluding to Clinton's infamous denial that he "didn't inhale" when smoking marijuana.

Harris, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, looked to dispel a rumor raised by co-host Charlamagne tha God that the former district attorney does not support legalization. She jokingly said her experiences with pot keep with her Jamaican heritage - Harris' mother is Indian and her father is Jamaican.

Last year Harris came out for legalizing marijuana on the federal level, co-sponsoring Sen.

Passing a "Medicare for all" bill in the House and Senate seems like a steep climb, but 2020 presidential candidate Sen.

New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, another senator seeking his party's presidential nomination, introduced legislation in 2017 to legalize marijuana across the US - a bill that "all but forced contenders to take a stance on the legalization of marijuana" as they campaign for the presidency, Politico reported.

"Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy", Harris said of pot.

Reform would also enable additional studies on cannabis, "which is one of the reasons we need to legalize", she said, pointing to the impact of cannabis on the development brain as one area of research she'd be interesting in expanding.

The junior senator from California was also asked about criticism she has faced on social media for marrying a white man.

A recent poll from the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of Americans think that marijuana use should be legalized - reflecting an overall upward trend in recent decades.

Republicans are divided, with 45% in favor of legalizing marijuana and 51% opposed. As of this writing, 31 states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes, while nine states have legalized it altogether.

Public opinion surveys suggest that calling for marijuana legalization is a winning issue with American voters. She said at the time, however, that she expected marijuana to eventually become legal.

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