‘Nothing was ever explained’: White House staffer cries foul after being ousted over past marijuana use

A handful of now-former White House staffers were reportedly fired from their jobs after admitting to using marijuana in the past, despite indications from the Biden administration that prior use of the drug would be largely overlooked.

The Daily Beast reports that “dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use,” prompting frustration from aides who were under the impression “that recreational use of cannabis would not be immediately disqualifying for would-be personnel.”

The policy was first revealed in an NBC News report published in late February.

Controversy erupts

For its Thursday report, the Daily Beast reportedly spoke with three individuals who were “familiar with the situation,” one of whom was a White House former staffer who said they were “asked to resign” over what they described as a vague policy, at best.

“Nothing was ever explained,” the source told the Daily Beast. “The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”

In a tweet posted Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration had “worked with the security service to update the policies to ensure that past marijuana use wouldn’t automatically disqualify staff from serving in the White House” before admitting that nearly a half-dozen aides had been let go.

“The bottom line is this: of the hundreds of people hired, only five people who had started working at the White House are no longer employed as a result of this policy,” Psaki insisted.

Of course, critics have pointed out that now-Vice President Kamala Harris once admitted that she had used marijuana herself. “I have [smoked marijuana]. And I inhaled. I did inhale,” she said in a 2019 interview, according to Fox News. “I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.”

The White House responds

In a more formal statement to the Daily Beast, the Biden White House said the administration is “committed to bringing the best people into government — especially the young people whose commitment to public service can deepen in these positions.”

“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 White House added, according to the Washington Examiner.

“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 statement said.

Try telling that to the staffers who got the boot.

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  1. Kamala also should be booted out. She smoked marijuana and admitted to it and inhaled and also , it gives people joy and that is what this world needs. Those are kamala words. She definitely should get the boot too. I believe these staffers has a good case.

  2. BIDEN DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE POT SMOKERS, WORRY ABOUT THE ALCOHOLIC PELOSI FIRST AND THEN ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LIED! SO, GET STARTED, IT WILL TAKE YOU A WEEK TO FIRE EVERYONE THAT HAS LIED!!!! SO GET GOING! OH YEAH, THEN AT THE END….FIRE YOURSELF! YOU ARE THE BIGGEST LIAR OUT THERE!

    1. THE ANTI-AMERICANS THAT VOTED FOR BRAIN DEAD, COMPULSIVE LIAR, CRIMINAL CORRUPT BIDEN/HARRIS ARE WAKING UP TO REALITY. HOPE THEY ARE HAPPY WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PATRIOT PEOPLE.

      IMPEACH BIDEN/HARRIS AND ALL THE COMMUNIST DEMORATS, WHO HATE AMERICA AND ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  4. He wants to bring the best people in the white house then he should be the first on to go. He is unfit for the job.

  5. I bet Biden has even smoked drugs. We know Kamala had. Why doesn’t Biden and Kamala take a lie detector test with both democrat and republican present.

  6. Biden is well known about lying; you cannot trust Biden. Biden lied about 200 dollars add to SS every month and just outright lied, and don’t hear anybody talking about this lie.

  7. Personally, I feel that if you’re going to work in the White House or agencies representing high government, you should not be smoking dope. By your own decision, you should know that it’s inappropriate. You have decisions to make that don’t need to have your heads any cloudier than normal to make.

  8. If Biden is stooping this low, then Harris, Biden himself, possibly and half or more of congress needs to go. If he wants the best people around him, then lets get it done, NOW, WHY WAIT.

  9. If Biden is firing all of those who were past users of marijuana or other drugs
    then his Vice-President should also be removed since she has admitted being a former user of marijuana.

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