Report: Dozens of White Home workers have been suspended or requested to resign for previous hashish use
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It has previously been reported that past cannabis use would not automatically be disqualified for White House applicants in the Biden administration.
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According to NBC, the White House would take a new approach and treat past cannabis use on a case-by-case basis, possibly waiving the requirement that applicants be eligible for a “top secret” release.
“This marks the beginning of a trend in the federal sector toward a less stringent standard for marijuana use, and I expect that trend will continue,” Washington, DC-based attorney John Mahoney told The Washington Post The News .
But it seems that the White House’s easing of cannabis policy has been overstated. A staff member asked to resign told The Daily Beast that “nothing was explained”.
“The guidelines were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained,” said the former employee.
A White House spokesman reportedly denied the number of employees affected by the government’s cannabis policy.
“White House policies will maintain the absolute highest standards of government service that the president expects his administration to expect, while recognizing the fact that state and local marijuana laws across the country have changed significantly in recent years” the spokesman told The Daily Beast.
Some of the staff allegedly asked to resign were reportedly from states where cannabis is legal.
Social media users were quick to point out Vice President Kamala Harris’ admission to past cannabis use and asked who the cannabis directive applies to.
In a 2019 interview with The Breakfast Club, Harris said she smoked cannabis in college.“I inhaled, ”Harris said, adding that she believes the US needs to legalize cannabis.
“We have imprisoned so many, especially young men and young men of color, in ways that we do not have for the same level of use [among] other young men, ”she said.
“I [also] I think a lot of people enjoy it, ”Harris continued. “And we need more joy in the world.”
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