It appears that President Joe Biden stepped on a beehive and expressed his continued support for the war on drugs. On March 18, the White House announced that it would fire dozens of its employees or ask to resign for having used cannabis in their past, whether or not they did so under rule of law.
The Daily Beast reported that up to dozen of employees have been either parole or fired for disclosing past cannabis use in their official applications when applying for a job at the White House. Understanding that strict background checks would be in place, cannabis use shouldn’t have been an issue, so they were telling the truth.
Shocked employees received the bad news over the phone.
“There were one-on-one meetings with individual affected employees – more likely with former employees,” a former employee told the Daily Beast. “I was asked to resign.”
Staff, of course, were amazed that the Biden administration initially advised that recreational cannabis use would not disqualify candidates seeking work in the White House.
“In some cases, prior to formally joining the administration, employees were informally advised by senior transitional authorities that they were likely to be overlooking past marijuana use only to be asked to resign later,” the Daily Beast reported.
“Nothing was ever explained. The guidelines were ever explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained, ”said one employee who was asked to resign.
The White House attempted to defend the politicians’ shocking announcement with a blanket and somewhat confusing statement that it was about “upholding the very highest standards of service in government that the president expects of his administration, and at the same time those.” Acknowledging fact that state and local marijuana laws have changed significantly over time in the country in recent years. ”
Members of the Democratic Congress pushed back immediately.
The MP Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), co-chair of the cannabis caucus of the Congress, described the move as unrealistic, unfair and contactless.
“This is an opportunity for the Biden administration to end the failed war on drugs and develop more rational policies for all,” Rep. Blumenauer told the High Times via email.
“This is where America is going and I hope they find a way that is fair and realistic. In the meantime, these young people should not be selected and discriminated against for something that is legal in much of the country and supported by the vast majority of Americans, ”said Rep. Blumenauer.
There is confusion in the US due to outdated laws and the fact that the American public is not waiting for the federal government. to band together. This is an opportunity for the Biden admin to end the failed # WarOnDrugs and come up with a more rational policy for everyone.
– Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) March 19, 2021
David Holland, former legal advisor to High Times Magazine and currently Executive and Legal Director of Empire State NORML, described the move as shameful.
“Despite election promises and a commitment to clean up the injustices of the drug war, Drug War Joe showed his true colors … that he never meant cannabis reform,” Holland told the High Times.
“Indeed, after getting candidates to be honest about previous cannabis use in their application, [Biden] has now turned these honest disclosures into a moral condemnation declaring the applicant, who is now an employee, ethically incapable of serving his administration despite federal policy essentially allowing such legal use in their home states and in Washington DC, although it is still illegal nationwide, ”said Holland, who is also the legal advisor to the Last Prisoner Project.
Holland went so far as to label the shots a “disgusting bait and switch tactic” which, in the face of a tidal wave of government legalization otherwise condoned by the federal government, feels like some form of containment, but also goes back to some of the worst parts of the world Mentality of the prohibition era. “
What do you say, Madam Vice-President?
Many are hoping VP Kamala Harris will prevail over Biden to change course if she is indeed the reformer she often claimed during the campaign.
One need only recall VP Harris’s gleeful admission of weed use and her oft-repeated statements that she is “absolutely in favor of legalizing marijuana.”
Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML, described the Biden move as part of a “flat earth mentality” that refuses to acknowledge that millions of Americans are legal cannabis use.
“The reports appear to contradict the government’s own guidelines, which recognize that a growing number of US jurisdictions – including Washington, DC – have legalized adult cannabis use and recognize the undue difficulties caused by the ongoing criminalization of marijuana at the federal level. “