Democratic Senator Kamala Harris stated on Monday that she had smoked marijuana in the past.
According to The Hill, in a radio interview on WWPR’s The Breakfast Club, Harris, who recently entered the 2020 presidential race, said that she smoked a joint “a long time ago.”
“I have,” she said after host Charlamagne Tha God asked if she had ever smoked.
“And I did inhale,” she added, joking about former President Bill Clinton’s famous line that he smoked marijuana but “didn’t inhale.”
She also denied the accusations that she opposed legalizing marijuana.
“That’s not true,” she said. “Half my family’s from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” she added, laughing.
Harris also stated that she supports legalization, a position she wrote about in her new book. Last year, Harris backed fellow 2020 candidate Senator Cory Booker’s proposed bill to decriminalize the drug.
“I think that it gives a lot of people joy, we need more joy,” she said Monday.
However, in 2014, when she was running for reelection as California attorney general, Harris faced criticism for laughing off a question about legalization of recreational marijuana.
Meanwhile, support for legalizing recreational use has grown all over the country, with 62 percent of Americans saying in an October poll that they support legalizing marijuana.