Friednash: The White House’s marijuana misstep? Dismissing staffers who admitted cannabis use

Friednash: The White House’s marijuana misstep? Dismissing staffers who admitted cannabis use

Mar 25, 2021

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Author, The Denver Post, March 25, 2021

In a twist of fate and a moment more reminiscent of 1921 than 2021, the Daily Beast reported last week that five White House staffers were fired and dozens more suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program because of past cannabis use.

Staffers disclosed their prior use in an official questionnaire that was part of a vigorous background check. This included staffers whose use was limited to one of the 15 states and Washington D.C., where adult use is legal.

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