Dozens of congressional leaders are warning the Biden authorities of layoffs associated to marijuana
This week, a letter from Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Don Beyer, Jared Huffman, Mondaire Jones and Barabara Lee, co-signed by 25 other members, urged the Biden administration “… to act within its powers to legitimize unfair cannabis laws set “.
Mailed shortly after reporting in The Daily Beast, the letter claimed that “dozens of young White House workers have been suspended, asked to resign or put on a remote work program for past marijuana use.”
The Congressional Letter concludes: “You have previously expressed your commitment to the decriminalization of cannabis by acknowledging that cannabis condemnation, or even the stigma of cannabis use, can ruin lives and prevent people from choosing one Finding employment and contributing to society. You can stop this moment and help end our failed cannabis ban criminal policy. “
At the time the allegations were made public, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, “This type of ‘flat earth’ mentality refuses to acknowledge the reality that millions of Americans are currently consuming cannabis in a manner that is consistent with the laws of their states and that these people are not at greater risk of accidents at work or injuries. You should not be singled out and discriminated against for this activity alone, and it is highly inappropriate for the Biden Administration to use these punitive measures. “
In addition, Representative David Joyce sent his own stand-alone letter to President Biden this week asking, “… that your administration ceases punishing employees for being honest about their previous cannabis use and reinstates otherwise qualified people.”
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Read the full letter from 30 members of Congress, led by Rep. Blumenauer, below:
Read Rep. Joyce’s full letter here: