WHITE HOUSE DISMISSES STAFFERS OVER PAST MARIJUANA USE; KAMALA STILL HAS A JOB

The Biden White House has allegedly pushed out dozens of staffers over past use of marijuana.

The White House initially said staffer who previously smoked pot would not necessarily have that held against them. Now, dozens of staffers have been asked to step down from their post or were put on probation over a history with the substance. Some have received lesser penalties after admitting that they had used pot during their background check for the White House gig.

Notably, Vice President Kamala Harris has admitted to smoking pot on numerous occasions.

Federal law still prohibits marijuana use, and the penalties have hit staffers from states where pot use is no longer a crime or is legal. Though it is not certain, it remains possible some of the penalties may have been motivated by inconsistencies in the staffers’ background checks, such as misremembering the last time they used the substance.

“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers — rather, ex-staffers,” one former White House employee said. “I was asked to resign.”

“Nothing was ever explained,” ex-staffers complained. “The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”

The White House nevertheless defended its actions, claiming that its current policies on the use of pot are more relaxed than previous administrations. The White House is “committed to bringing the best people to government—especially the young people whose commitment to public service can deepen in these positions,” a spokesperson said.

“The White House’s policy will maintain the absolute highest standards for service in government that the president expects from his administration, while acknowledging the reality that state and local marijuana laws have changed significantly across the country in recent years,” the spokesperson continued.

“This decision was made following intensive consultation with career security officials and will effectively protect our national security while modernizing policies to ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people.”

The Biden administration’s crackdown on marijuana users within its ranks comes as Senate Democrats are in the process of building up for a push to reform federal marijuana laws. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with a number of other senators, released a joint statement—double entendre intended—at the beginning of last month committing to introducing legislation that would scrap the federal prohibition on pot.

“The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color. Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country,” the joint statement said. “But that alone is not enough. As states continue to legalize marijuana, we must also enact measures that will lift up people who were unfairly targeted in the War on Drugs.”

“In the early part of this year, we will release a unified discussion draft on comprehensive reform to ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations,” the senators said. “Getting input from stakeholder groups will be an important part of developing this critical legislation.”

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