Since the Biden Administration took over in January, a fairly large number of young workers have been suspended, asked to resign or in some cases sent to a remote work program because they admitted to smoking pot.
Even workers who lived in one of the 14 states where marijuana is legal were disciplined.
More and more details are coming to the forefront, including complaints by some that when prospective job candidates were asked to fill out an official document as part of their background check, if they admitted to using marijuana they were fired or put on probation.
Things have started to get ugly because of the lack of communication. There are reports that some young staff workers were told they would not be in trouble if they admitted to smoking marijuana in the past, but when they did, they were asked to resign.
A story in The Daily Beast quoted one of staffers that was caught up in this.
“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers—rather, ex-staffers. I was asked to resign.”
“Nothing was ever explained. The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”
The official word from White House press secretary Jen Psaki is the story is being blown out of proportion.
“In an effort to ensure that more people have an opportunity to serve the public, we worked in coordination with the security service to ensure that more people have the opportunity to serve than would not have in the past with the same level of recent drug use. While we will not get into individual cases, there were additional factors at play in many instances for the small number of individuals who were terminated,” she said in a tweet.