White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday stated that “solely 5” folks had been fired from President Biden’s workers for past marijuana use.
The terminations first reported Thursday evening obtained criticism from fellow Democrats who view the coverage as overly harsh and outdated.
Psaki insisted on Twitter that the Biden administration really was being extra lenient towards hashish use.
“We introduced just a few weeks in the past that the White House had labored with the safety service to replace the insurance policies to make sure that past marijuana use wouldn’t mechanically disqualify workers from serving within the White House,” Psaki tweeted.
“In consequence, extra folks will serve who wouldn’t have within the past with the identical degree of current drug use. The underside line is that this: of the a whole lot of individuals employed, solely 5 individuals who had began working on the White House are not employed because of this coverage.”
A terminated staffer stated, nevertheless, that it’s unclear what the present coverage is towards past or present pot use or towards individuals who use the drug in compliance with state legal guidelines.
“The insurance policies had been by no means defined, the brink for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was by no means defined,” the fired aide informed the Day by day Beast.
The now-former staffer added, “It’s completely focusing on youthful workers and workers who got here from states the place it was authorized.”
Marijuana is federally unlawful however most states permit medical marijuana and 15 states, two US territories and the District of Columbia have handed poll measures or enacted legal guidelines that permit leisure marijuana.
Latest polls by Gallup and Pew discovered that greater than two-thirds of the US inhabitants helps marijuana legalization — together with about half of Republican voters.
On Thursday, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced plans to introduce a invoice that federally legalizes marijuana.
Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly oversaw 1,900 marijuana prosecutions whereas she was San Francisco district lawyer from 2004 to 2011. However Harris extra lately stated she helps making pot authorized, in a major break with Biden.
As a senator, Biden authored a few of the nation’s harshest federal drug legal guidelines.
On his last day as president, Donald Trump launched two prisoners serving life with out parole for marijuana beneath Biden’s 1994 crime regulation.