With legal recreational marijuana use fully underway in Colorado and Washington — and similar programs on the horizon in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. —advocates are hoping to bring a legalization initiative to the California ballot in 2016. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996, but recreational use is still prohibited.
In an interview Monday with BuzzFeed, Harris said that while she has no “moral opposition” to the substance, she has concerns over the law enforcement implications of legalizing it:
“I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I’m the top cop, and so I have to look at it from a law enforcement perspective and a public safety perspective,” Harris told BuzzFeed News in an interview in Washington, D.C. “I think we are fortunate to have Colorado and Washington be in front of us on this and figuring out the details of what it looks like when it’s legalized.”
“We’re watching it happen right before our eyes in Colorado and Washington. I don’t think it’s gonna take too long to figure this out,” Harris said. “I think there’s a certain inevitability about it.”