The White House defended its firing of 5 White House staffers over previous marijuana use, with press secretary Jen Psaki suggesting that “other security issues” had factored into staff being let go.
At a Wednesday press briefing, a reporter pressed Psaki on the Biden administration terminating five employees over earlier marijuana consumption, though employees have been “led to believe pot use would not be disqualifying.”
Psaki insisted that the administration had labored with the safety service, “which makes this determination” and that “in the past, the rules were actually far more stringent.”
“Marijuana is legal in a number of states across the country — it is still illegal federally,” Psaki mentioned, including that when it comes to the 5 folks not employed, for “a number of them, there were other security issues that were raised.”
Psaki insisted that different group members who wouldn’t have been capable of serve in earlier administrations resulting from stricter insurance policies have been at the moment working for President Joe Biden.
“If marijuana was federally legal, that would be a different circumstance,” Psaki mentioned.
Over a dozen states have legalized the usage of leisure marijuana.
In 2019, then-Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris spoke of her personal earlier marijuana use, saying that the drug “gives a lot of people joy,” and supported it being legalized on the federal degree.
Biden has not backed federal legalization of marijuana, as an alternative supporting decriminalizing its use.
The Daily Beast reported final week that dozens of Biden administration staffers were disciplined, and a few requested to resign, resulting from their previous marijuana use.
Psaki defended the choice late final week, pointing to the administration’s unique announcement saying that marijuana use wouldn’t “automatically” be disqualifying. She additionally confirmed then that 5 individuals who had began working on the White House have been “no longer employed as a result of this policy.”
HuffPost didn’t instantly get a response to a request for additional remark.
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