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Should we care if politicians smoked weed?

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris made waves when she casually told the hosts of the radio show "The Breakfast Club" that, in the past, she had smoked weed. The Internet, obviously, freaked out, specifically focusing on what music Harris had listened to and the potentially spurious timeline she set up. But with the majority of Americans over the age 18 fessing up to smoking marijuana at some point in their lives, some critics wonder if it's no longer relevant. What do you think?

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Harris told the hosts she was not opposed to legalizing weed before being pressed on her own marijuana use in the past. "I think it brings a lot of people joy," Harris says in the video, laughing. "And we need more joy in the world."

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Of course the hard-hitting journalists of Fox News were all over the case. Specifically focusing on Harris' claim she had smoked while listening to Snoop Dogg, which—gasp—would have meant she smoked weed sometime shortly after college! Not just in college!

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Just a few years ago, politicians had to dodge and dive to avoid answering questions about weed use. Who could forget Bill Clinton's infamous claim that he "didn't inhale"? Newsweek has a roundup of politicians owning up to rolling some blunts. 

Though Ted Cruz might look like he’s perpetually high, he doesn’t actually smoke weed. But he did. “Teenagers are often known for their lack of judgment, and Senator Cruz was no exception,” a Cruz spokesperson told The Daily Mail. “When he was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he's never tried it since.”

What makes many of these stories different from Harris' is they had to at least feign regret. Harris proudly owned her youthful imbibing. 

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The whole culture around marijuana use has changed dramatically over the years, as the Washington Post points out.

Former House speaker John A. Boehner, who as of 2011 was against the legalization of marijuana, is now heading up a pro-cannabis lobbying group, following his retirement from Congress. And Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), whose state’s economy has benefited from legalization, is pushing legislation to ensure the federal government doesn’t interfere in states’ individual decisions.
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Most people on Twitter though pointed out we've got bigger problems with our politicians right now. 

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