Peace pipe: Kamala Harris embraces past marijuana use

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has received some additional scrutiny for her recent comments on the radio that seemed positive toward marijuana legalization.

“I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.” Harris said while on The Breakfast Club radio show in New York City

The candidate was being asked if it was true that she was against the legalization of the plant-based drug: “That’s not true,” she responded, going on to joke: “Half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

The California Democrat did not give a definitive statement one way or another whether she would support nationwide legalization of marijuana, she did, however, seem to pander to her current audience and speak on the issue a positive light.

Harris even told the hosts that she had partaken in the drug “a long time ago” when she was in college. “… and I did inhale,” and she added: “I just broke loose.”

Harris seemed excited about the interview, posting about it prior to the interview.

“Excited to be back in the studio with @breakfastclubam! We talked politics, my time at @HowardU, criminal justice reform, and more! Tune in tomorrow at 7 a.m.”

The lawmaker tweeted again after the interview, without any hint of reconsideration of her comments.

“Always a great time joining the @breakfastclubam with @cthagod and @djenvy, chatting about bail reform, legalizing marijuana, and what we can do to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream. All that was missing was @angelayee.”

In Harris’ book, which was released last month, the Senator wrote that it was time to legalize marijuana and that many nonviolent drug-related offenders should have their slate wiped clean.

“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 said, according to The Daily Beast.