Vice President Kamala Harris once admitted to using marijuana but they’re cracking down on staffers with the same history. Shouldn’t the White House maintain its own standard?
The White House staffers are paying the price for past marijuana use, the New York Post reported. Workers are being demoted or asked to resign because of their self-disclosed habits — despite both Biden and Harris’s attempts to project tolerance during their campaign.
Initially, applicants were told that their employer would “overlook” past pot use, persuading many staffers to disclose it during their background checks when applying for staff positions in the administration. However, the director of management and administration, Anne Filipic, has privately asked those who copped to weed use to resign.
“It’s exclusively targeting younger staff and staff who came from states where it was legal,” a former staffer reportedly said. While many states have eased up restrictions on the drug, it is still prohibited by the federal government.
This new emphasis is notable considering past presidents and even the current vice president have admitted to using the drug. Harris famously admitted to using marijuana when she was still a presidential candidate.
“I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale,” Harris said of her marijuana use on the syndicated radio program “The Breakfast Club” in February 2019, according to Fox News. “I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.”
Harris was referring to former President Bill Clinton who once said he supposedly “didn’t inhale” the one time when he smoked pot. Former President Barack Obama has freely admitted to his marijuana use, and while in high school “had been a member of the ‘Choom Gang’ and had even thanked his drug dealer Ray in his yearbook,” a Time retrospective said.
Marijuana legalization in certain states while still illegal on the federal level is clearly causing problems. While the arguments for legalization are not very compelling as it is, states contradicting federal laws cause additional harm to the people caught in the legal gray area.