In line with a growing movement in support of marijuana legalization, Senator Kamala Harris has expressed supportive views of the idea.
According to her, the government should finally consider legalizing the drug on a federal level, claiming that the country could use more joy in general.
She explained: "But I am absolutely in favor of legalizing marijuana. We’ve got to do it. We have incarcerated so many — and particularly young men and young men of color — in a way that we have not for the same level of use (among) other young men."
Harris also surprised some by admitting that she had tried marijuana in the past. She jokingly commented that she had inhaled the drug too, possibly referencing a marijuana-related gaffe from former President Bill Clinton, who claimed that he had smoked marijuana but had never actually inhaled it.
The Californian politician explained: "I have. And I did inhale. It was a long time ago but yes. I just broke news. I think that it gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy."
However, Harris seemed to dodge the question of whether she would try marijuana again if it became legal.
Instead, she simply stated that it would be beneficial to everyone and that the country needs more joy at the moment.
The comments came in response to recent allegations that Harris might be opposed to marijuana legalization.
According to her, that is not the case at all, and she would be entirely behind it. She jokingly added that with half of her family being from Jamaica, it made little sense to see her as anti-legalization in the first place.
It should also be noted that Harris has already supported marijuana legalization in the after joining Congress, showing her support for a bill brought up by Senator Cory Booker.
With that in mind, it is hard to assume that her position is anything but positive towards the idea of legalization. The only question that remains at this point is to see how things will play out around her and if that support will help her connect more with young voters.