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Kamala Harris' father issues a scathing statement decrying 'travesty' of daughter's marijuana comments

He said his parents and grandmother 'must be turning in their grave'

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Sen. Kamala Harris upset her father when she talked on a radio show about supporting marijuana legalization because "half my family's from Jamaica," according to The Washington Times.

Donald Harris, Kamala's father, is an economics professor at Stanford, and is Jamaican. He issued a scathing statement to Jamaica Global Online distancing himself and his family from his daughter's remarks.

"My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty."

Harris spoke about marijuana legalization on "The Breakfast Club," a popular New York City morning radio show. She was asked whether she supported legalization of marijuana, and replied "Half my family's from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?"

She said she supports marijuana legalization because it brings people joy, "and we need more joy in the world."

Harris' marijuana admissions made headlines, not so much because people were appalled or surprised that she had smoked weed, but because she strangely said she listened to music by Snoop Dogg and Tupac while she was high in college, even though she was out of college before those artists ever released music.

The senator previously opposed legalization of recreational marijuana back when she was the district attorney in San Francisco. Then-spokesman Brian Brokaw said that Harris "believes drug selling harms communities. Harris supports the legal use of medicinal marijuana but does not support anything beyond that."

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