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February 11, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) might be down to roll up.

The 2020 contender appeared on morning radio show The Breakfast Club on Monday, where she said any claims that she's opposed to legalizing marijuana are "not true." "Half my family's from Jamaica, are you kidding me?" she joked, before saying that "I have" smoked, "and I did inhale." Harris wouldn't say whether she would've kept smoking if it was legal, but she did laughingly say "it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy."

Harris isn't as forthcoming on weed as fellow 2020 contender Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who's introduced a federal legalization bill, touted legalization as a hallmark of his 2020 run, and made a pretty good joke about sending pot brownies to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has backed and introduced a number of bills to loosen federal pot restrictions and lighten consequences for marijuana convictions, partnering with Booker on two of them. Newly campaigning Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) hasn't said much about the issue, but she brings a "tough on crime" background to the race like fellow ex-prosecutor Harris.

Potential 2020 Democrat and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is all for legalization, former Vice President Joe Biden probably is not, and Michael Bloomberg has said weed legalization efforts are "the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." While former Rep. Beto O'Rourke hasn't decided whether he's running in 2020, he did reveal that he "smoked pot, but not habitually" in his first few post-college years. Kathryn Krawczyk

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