Republicans have voiced outrage and alarm over the Secret Service's failure to identify the mysterious suspect who left a bag of cocaine at the White House, but the scandal goes even deeper.
The Secret Service shared for the first time that marijuana was found in the president's mansion last year.
While marijuana has been legalized in several states and jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C., it is still illegal under federal law. That would seem to suggest that whoever brought pot to the White House broke the law, since the president's mansion is federal property.
Secret Service said the amount of marijuana was "small" and that the drugs were promptly "destroyed" without any charges.
"No one was arrested in these incidents, because the weight of the marijuana confiscated did not meet the legal threshold for federal charges or D.C. misdemeanor criminal charges, as the District of Columbia had decriminalized possession," the Secret Service said.
"The marijuana was collected by officers and destroyed."
The Secret Service closed a short-lived investigation Friday into a bag of cocaine that was located in the West Wing over July Fourth weekend.
The agency claimed it could not identify any DNA or fingerprints, which led to incredulous reactions - and concern about the state of security at the White House.
Lawmakers received a briefing about the cocaine probe Thursday, where they were also informed that marijuana was located at the White House twice last year. The reefer news has fueled further outrage over the Biden administration's lax standards.
"For this being the third time that drugs were found on the White House property during the Biden administration, certainly poses a question, what kind of people are we allowing to go onto that premise?" Republican Lauren Boebert (Co.) asked.
Biden has been chastised by Democrats for his unfashionable slowness in embracing the legalization of weed, which is known to have harmful effects despite a massive shift in public opinion in favor of the drug.
In high doses, the irrational thought patterns that marijuana creates can develop into powerful hallucinations and even psychosis. Now, we learn that Biden's own staff may have been using this mind-altering substance.
Maybe that explains why, for countless Americans, life under President Biden feels like a bad trip.