Harris also joked about a family-related reason to support legal marijuana. Are you kidding me?'
One of the hosts cited a meme that said Ms Harris is "not African-American" because her parents were immigrants born in India and Jamaica and she spent her high school years in Canada.
Democratic presidential candidate and California Sen.
"So I was born in Oakland, and raised in the USA except for the years that I was in high school in Montreal, Canada", Ms Harris responded. "I'm not going to spend my time trying to educate people about who black people are". And we need more joy'.
Harris served as California's attorney general before joining the Senate after the 2016 election, and before that she served as district attorney in San Francisco.
Harris explained that legalizing marijuana would be a big step forward in reforming the criminal justice system, which disproportionately incarcerates black Americans for petty, non-violent marijuana offenses.
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The Breakfast Club hosts asked Harris whether it was true that she opposed legalizing marijuana. "I just broke news", the senator and former Golden State attorney general said as she discussed her past pot use. When asked whether ever experimented herself, she replied, "I have, and I did inhale". "We need to move it on the schedule so we can research the impact of weed on a developing brain", Harris said.
"I think that gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy", she adds.
Despite her past rhetoric, Harris has earned an A rating from NORML.
Christie said it would be unwise to legalize marijuana amid the ongoing opioid crisis, while suggesting that Harris was callous to laugh about her experiences with the drug during her Monday interview.
Booker past year introduced a bill to the Senate to legalize marijuana at the federal level and gained support from other likely 2020 rivals, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders. Last year, Harris supported fellow 2020 candidate Sen.
New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, another senator seeking his party's presidential nomination, introduced legislation in 2017 to legalize marijuana across the USA - a bill that "all but forced contenders to take a stance on the legalization of marijuana" as they campaign for the presidency, Politico reported. She added: "The other issue that we've got to address is how we're going to measure impairment when somebody has been smoking weed, in terms of driving".