Attorney General Kamala Harris called the legalization of marijuana "inevitable" Tuesday.
Kamala Harris, who's the leading contender for California's open U.S. senate seat, was quoted by a KQED reporter at the Democratic National Convention:
. @KamalaHarris won't take position on pot initiative in CA but calls legalization "inevitable'— Marisa Lagos (@mlagos) July 26, 2016
Harris' office confirmed the comments.
As California's attorney general, Harris can't take a formal positive on November's adult use legalization measure because her office is responsible with providing an impartial and unbiased analysis of every ballot initiative.
Her soft stance on the marijuana legalization question has been previously reported.
Earlier this year, Harris told the Bay Area Reporter she does not think marijuana should be classified as a Schedule I drug, which are considered by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency as "the most dangerous" controlled substances that have "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." This classification puts marijuana in the same category as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and peyote.
Harris said if she were elected to the senate, she would focus on making marijuana a Schedule II drug, which is where cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, Ritalin, Adderall, and oxycodone are ranked.