Washington – Actually, the handling of marijuana under US President Joe Biden (78) is already less strict than before. Even so, five employees have now lost their jobs in the White House due to previous drug use.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, 42, said on Friday (local time) on Twitter that there were “only five people” out of hundreds who had been hired. Psaki also referred to the rules adjusted under Biden, according to which previous marijuana use no longer automatically leads to exclusion. As a result, more people would work in the White House who would previously have been denied access with the same drug history.
Psaki linked in her tweets to a report by the broadcaster NBC from late last month that the Biden government had relaxed the regulations for employees with a view to the recreational use of marijuana: The broadcaster had reported the “limited” use of the drug in the past should, under certain conditions, no longer lead to potential employees being automatically disqualified for jobs in the White House.
Why were the five employees fired anyway? Apparently they are either consuming significantly too much marijuana – or other drugs that are not covered by the regulation.
A number of US states have already legalized marijuana. Other states are planning to decriminalize it. At the federal level, however, marijuana is still illegal in the United States.
During the election campaign, a Biden spokesman said the Democrat was in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana and the automatic deletion of entries in the criminal record for possession of the drug. Today’s Vice President Kamala Harris also supported legalization in her previous office as US Senator.