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11 Feb, 2019 23:50

‘I did inhale!’ Kamala Harris pulls a giggly U-turn on pot legalization

‘I did inhale!’ Kamala Harris pulls a giggly U-turn on pot legalization

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris has jumped on the pro-pot bandwagon after decades of locking smokers up as a prosecutor, not only admitting she has “inhaled” – but implying she’d do it again if it was legal.

I did inhale,” the California congresswoman giggled, claiming it was untrue she opposed legalizing the drug. “It was a long time ago!” she laughed, adding self-consciously, “I just broke news!

Half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” Harris replied, when one of the hosts of nationally-syndicated radio show the Breakfast Club confided he had heard the former prosecutor was against legalization – an increasingly unpopular position among voters, nearly two-thirds of whom support legalizing and taxing marijuana.

I think it gives a lot of people joy,” Harris said slyly, by way of an answer when pressed on whether she’d smoke again if it was legal.  “And we need more joy.”

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The giggly Harris' answer was slightly different than the one she gave last time she was asked about recreational marijuana, back in 2014 – and judging by the response on Twitter, voters aren’t planning on letting her forget it any time soon.

With an increasingly-crowded Democratic primary looming ahead in 2020, Harris may be worried her mainstream media support isn’t enough to carry her to the general, especially with the controversies surrounding her pre-congressional law-and-order record as California’s Attorney General.

But given the reactions on social media, Harris will have to go quite a ways to distance herself from those days.

Several people even compared her to Hillary Clinton – another Democrat who played for authenticity and lost (Harris happened to hire people from Clinton's campaign staff for her own run).

There were a few supporters, as well, however – focusing on the “joy” Harris brings them.

Most of Harris’ primary opponents, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), are already on the record supporting marijuana legalization.