Kamala Harris, reiterating her support for marijuana legalization at the federal level, acknowledged Monday that she's smoked pot in the past, saying: "I have".
Former President Barack Obama similarly poked fun at Clinton's I-didn't-inhale comment.
But her record as a senator is a bit more weed-friendly. KAMALA HARRIS: That's not true.
"That's not true. Look, I joke about it, I have joked about it". California's prison population declined during the time that Harris was attorney general.
"I think that gives people a lot of joy", she continued, "and we need more joy".More news: More storms in store for snow-socked Pacific Northwest
That's a subject she's raised before. The 44-minute interview does delve into a few more issues, and he gives her space to promote the criminal justice reforms she really does support. Shortly after taking office, she also introduced a bipartisan bill to reduce the use of cash bail.
Charlamagne then asked Harris if she's tried it.
Q: They say you oppose legalizing weed. If you listen carefully, the two of them are circumspect about how they're approaching this.
As in the past, there are wide generational and partisan differences in views of marijuana legalization.
She asked if Barr intends to use "the limited federal resources" at his disposal to enforce federal marijuana laws in the states that have repealed their own laws against it.More news: Missouri State knocks down unbelievable buzzer beater
But that's a significant change of her position in the last 10 years, and the show simply does not grapple with any of it, treating Harris as though she's ahead of the curve on legalization.
"Right now in this country people are being arrested, being prosecuted, and end up spending time in jail or prison all due to their use of a drug that otherwise should be considered legal", she said in a press release.
Harris has a lengthy history as a prosecutor in California of opposing marijuana legalization. In 2010, Proposition 19 was on ballots in California. "Harris supports the legal use of medicinal marijuana but does not support anything beyond that". "He's entitled to his opinion", Harris said, effectively dodging the question.
Harris' stance, which aligns herself with a growing movement in the Democratic Party and even among some Republicans, appears to be at odds with where she stood in 2014 when she was running for re-election as California attorney general.
It's not all that much different from various Democratic leaders coming around over the past decade to support same-sex marriage recognition.More news: Childish Gambino takes four Grammys for 'This Is America'
You can see Harris discuss pot in the clip below.