"They are trying to do what has been happening over the last two years, which is powerful voices trying to sow hate and division, and so we need to recognize when we're being played", Harris said.
She remained opposed to legalization in 2015, when Ron Gold, her Republican challenger for AG, came out in support of recreational weed.
Sen. Kamala Harris, a former California attorney general, said Monday she has smoked marijuana and supports the legalization of the drug.
Asked whether she would smoke again, if it was legal, Harris said: "I think that it gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy".
Harris went on to say that she smoked a joint "a long time ago". "I just broke news", Harris added, according to Politico.
Harris also pushed back against accusations she has tried to keep the drug from becoming legalized, claiming they are not true.
"I think [marijuana] gives a lot of people joy", the 2020 hopeful continued.
"That's not true. Half my family's from Jamaica, are you kidding me?" she asked, laughing. "Are you kidding me?" she said with a chuckle.
Harris, a former California state attorney general, said she makes no apologies for pursuing violent criminals to keep communities safe, but added that she wished she could have done more to affect change "from the inside". "I believe we need to research that because I believe we don't fully know the consequences".
But Harris said "we need to research the impact of weed on a developing brain" and said measuring how marijuana impairs people who are driving needs to be addressed. "You know, that part of the brain that develops judgment actually begins its growth at age 18 through 24".
The American people have been trending in favor of marijuana legalization.
'We have incarcerated so many, particularly young men - and young men of color - in a way that we have not for the same level of use, other young men.
Harris, 54, announced her bid for 2020 last week on ABC's Good Morning America.
"Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do and it's the right thing to do". And yes, she did inhale.
Harris supports a bill - introduced Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY - who's launched a presidential exploratory committee - and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who's seriously considering a second bid for the White House.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA, who formally announced her candidacy on Saturday, has pushed for modernizing federal marijuana laws.
Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and spent her high school years living in Canada.
In an interview with KCRA-TV that year, she was asked to respond to her opponent's stance on the issue.
And the Democrat is polling rather well with those who are familiar with her: "A recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist Poll found that a majority of Americans - 54 percent - have not yet formed an opinion of Harris". Currently, 10 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, while 33 have legalized medical marijuana. Sen.