Young White House staffers reportedly punished over past marijuana use

An undisclosed number of young staffers in President Joe Biden’s White House feel betrayed after facing disciplinary action for past marijuana use, despite having been told during the transition period that prior use of marijuana would not be an immediately disqualifying factor for employment, the New York Post reported.

According to the Post, several staffers have been demoted, asked to resign, or otherwise punished after truthfully disclosing past marijuana use during the background check portion of their application to serve in the White House.

That includes staffers from the 14 states where marijuana has been decriminalized or even legalized, though the drug remains prohibited at the federal level.

The Biden administration had announced previously that it had relaxed its guidelines on prior marijuana use — which used to automatically disqualify an individual from employment — to instead allow for previous “limited” use, provided the individual wasn’t seeking a high-level security clearance, would agree to cease all consumption and would submit to regular drug tests.

Policy “never explained”

The apparent about-face was first reported by The Daily Beast, which noted that while a few staffers had been asked to resign, others were demoted, suspended or assigned to work remotely.

Those staffers claim they had been told informally by transition officials that the incoming administration would likely “overlook” the recreational use of marijuana by prospective employees.

According to several unnamed sources, at least one of whom claimed to have been forced to resign, the sudden change came at the behest of White House Director of Management and Administration Anne Filipic.

“The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained,” the former staffer told The Daily Beast. That staffer added, “It’s exclusively targeting younger staff and staff who came from states where it was legal.”

According to a statement to the media outlet from White House press secretary Jen Psaki, only five staffers had been asked to resign and that, while she wouldn’t get into specifics, “additional factors” were likely at play for the disciplinary measures.

Harris’ pot-smoking

As noted by Fox News, the development creates a unique dilemma for President Joe Biden, in that his own vice president, Kamala Harris, is on record bragging about her past use of marijuana, Fox News reported.

While she was campaigning to be president, Harris admitted to recreational use of marijuana in college during a radio interview. That admission pairs with her prior expressed support as a senator for legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

Where things get interesting is that Harris, as vice president, has a top-level security clearance, which should have been denied to Harris due to her prior use of the still-illicit drug, based on the Biden White House’s own guidelines.

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    1. Yes, I recently saw Kamala on a talk show with African American hosts and she said that she smoked pot and she even inhaled. She laughed and said, “look, I’m Jamaican, what do you expect!” Now I hear that others are getting in trouble and fired for the same actions.

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  2. damn right harris needs to go u know she still smokes it they grow it biden harris and pelosi just 3 stoned monkees, americans are hating more and more every day worst form of leadership in my lifetime they know the paid and stole the election thats why they trying to impeach trump biden cant even get on a plane said wind was bad if trump would have done that nasty nancy would want to impeach him saying he was unfit even the few that did vote for him now are sorry gas going up every days means every thing u buys goes up biden igve ur keys to the real president and get the hell out of his house

  3. You mean Biden lied to white House workers , kind-a like he has lied to the American people. Lying is what he does best. And many people fall for it, just look at what he said when he was running for Presidents office and did a whole turn around. He just told you what you wanted to hear, and you believed it. Now you are going to pay. Less jobs, more illegals with covid . Higher taxes, companies moving out, You cant say some things, 1 st amendment , 2nd amendment take away guns, thats so you can not fight back. Biden only cares about what he wants, not the people.

  4. Harris need to lose her driving privileges for a year, put in jail for a week or so, pay some fines, and be fired from her position. Hey, I know a few people who had to do that over marijuana, so why not Harris. What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander, as they say. Let her see how it really feels!!!

  5. Joe promised them high hopes if they vote for him and in return, not unlike everything else he and his Party do, they go back on their word.

  6. Harris has to go as she smoked marijuana, she even said it on a few interviews on tv! Lets be fair if it is the rule for others than everyone has to abide by them!

  7. They need to remove Kamala Harris for the same reason. No exceptions to the rules. Especially in her place of power.

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