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Feb. 23, 2019, 12:23 p.m. EST

Kamala Harris’s dad on her pot-smoking comment: Our family wants to ‘dissociate ourselves from this travesty

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris.

‘My dear departed grandmothers ... as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s 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.’

That’s Donald Harris, the Jamaican-born father of Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and a professor of economics at Stanford, reportedly sounding off this week in a statement to Jamaica Global Online about his daughter’s interview on the New York Breakfast Club radio show.

Kamala Harris, who admitted to smoking pot — “I did inhale,” she said in winking reference to a notorious statement Bill Clinton made a quarter-century ago — was also asked by the radio host about accusations that she has, in the past, opposed legalization efforts.

“Half my family’s from Jamaica,” she said. “Are you kidding me?”

That’s the part that apparently didn’t sit well with her dad.

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family,” he reportedly said, “we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

Now read: This is the surprising reason why Americans have dramatically shifted their views on legalizing pot

Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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