According to Fox News, five White House staffers were released from their jobs in relation to their use of marijuana in the past.
Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do and it’s the right thing to do. Today, I’m announcing my support for @CoryBooker’s Marijuana Justice Act. pic.twitter.com/cOh3SjMaOW
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 10, 2018
Vice President Kamala Harris has discussed her experience smoking marijuana in college before becoming a prosecutor and sending other people to prison for posessing and selling the controversial plant.
During her presidential campaign in 2019, Harris appeared as a guest on the popular iHeart radio show, “The Breakfast Club” hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God. The interview spawned controversy as the ex-prosecutor seemed to support the use of marijuana, which is still federally illegal.
“I have [smoked marijuana]. And I inhaled. I did inhale,” Harris told the hosts. “I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.”
White House Press secretary posted the new guidelines that suggested that the staffers will be interviewed and their fate determined on an individual basis. There is reportedly flexibility for “limited” use, but it appears that White House are not allowing those that have ingested marijuana to hold positions that require security clearance.
We announced a few weeks ago that the White House 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. (https://t.co/DG3YuqejtZ)
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) March 19, 2021
Five states have passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana since November and a bill is currently moving through Mexico’s legislature that seeks to federally legalize marijuana across the country.
The House of Representatives did successfully pass a bill in the end of 2020 that would decriminalize the use and possession of marijuana and several members of the Senate have reportedly communicated about continuing this push to end a portion of the drug war.