When it comes to recreational marijuana use, there appears to be a double standard in place within the Biden administration.
The White House has reportedly fired five staffers for previously using marijuana despite the fact that Vice President Kamala Harris has admitted to doing the same and remains securely in her position, Fox News reported.
“More people will serve”
In a statement on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that five staff members had been terminated for prior use of marijuana. The names of the five individuals were not made public.
According to Psaki, the firings occurred as the administration updated its hiring policies. In a series of tweets, she provided additional details about the new updated policy.
“We announced a few weeks ago that the White House had worked with the security service to update the policies to ensure that past marijuana use wouldn’t automatically disqualify staff from serving in the White House,” she wrote.
The top Biden spokesperson went on to note that “more people will serve who would not have in the past with the same level of recent drug use” as a result of the White House’s new policy.
“The bottom line is this: of the hundreds of people hired, only five people who had started working at the White House are no longer employed as a result of this policy,” she added.
“I think it gives a lot of people joy”
What Psaki did not clarify, however, was what differentiated these five ex-staffers from the rest.
According to NBC News, it could have something to do with whether the individuals’ job requirements include security clearances.
One thing Americans know for sure is that Harris has smoked weed in the past, as she declared during her candidacy in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
“I have,” she said during a radio interview. “And I inhaled. I did inhale. I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.”
Notably, she is at no apparent risk of losing her job because of this revelation. If the Biden administration does not do a better job of explaining the decision to fire five staffers for their use of the drug, it will continue to come off as an unfair double standard.