WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate, said Sunday that she smoked pot in college and ultimately wants to see marijuana legalized.
Harris added that marijuana “gives a lot of people joy.”
“We need more joy in the world,” she added.
Harris has faced scrutiny from some progressives over her past as a prosecutor and state attorney general in California, positions where she had taken tough crime positions that have grown politically unpopular.
She is far from the first politician to acknowledge past marijuana use while on the campaign trail.
Then-candidate Barack Obama was open about smoking pot and trying cocaine in college during the 2008 election.
In 2016, Republican candidate Jeb Bush admitted experimenting with marijuana as a teenager.
“Forty years ago I smoked marijuana and I admit it. I’m sure that other people might have done it and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people,” Bush said. “My mom’s not happy that I just did.”
Bush later apologized to his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, on Twitter.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 17, 2015