Five White House staffers have lost their jobs over marijuana use. Interestingly, this happened moments after President Biden's administration significantly loosened regulations prohibiting the use of cannabis by employees of the presidential administration. It is said that had it not been for the aforementioned rule change, many more people would have lost their jobs.
White House fires for marijuana use
Late last week, the White House reported that five people had lost their jobs over marijuana use.
After the Daily Beast reported that dozens of employees had been suspended, asked to resign or sent to a remote work program because of past marijuana use, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that only five people had been fired.
A few weeks ago, the White House changed its policy toward marijuana. Until now, a candidate who had been shown to have used marijuana in the past could forget about a position in the institution. After the change in regulations, a candidate who is known to have used marijuana in the past will not have a problem with it. The current regulations state that marijuana use is not allowed while holding any position in a presidential administration.
A few weeks ago, we announced that the White House, working with the Secret Service, is working to change the rules to ensure that past marijuana use does not automatically result in the dismissal of staff at the White House
- Psaki wrote on Twitter.
The bottom line: of the hundreds of people employed, only five people who started working at the White House are no longer employed as a result of this policy
- she added in another post.
The change in policy toward cannabis is due to the regular liberalization of cannabis laws throughout the states. The fact that the regulations have been loosened rather than completely eliminated is instead due to the fact that despite the wave of legalization of marijuana by more states - it still remains illegal at the federal level.
It is believed that had the regulations not been changed, many more people would have lost their jobs after the recent inspections. Currently, no one who has used the herb in the past has to worry, however, if you want to work vs. the current presidential administration - cannabis must be put aside for a while.