Democrats Blast Biden Administration’s Employment Policy On Cannabis
Democratic lawmakers in Congress are calling on the Biden administration to clarify its policy on cannabis use by employees after reports that White House staffers had been fired or reassigned for their disclosed past marijuana use. News that dozens of administration employees had been fired, reassigned, or placed on remote duty was reported by the Daily Beast last week, less than a month after the White House announced that previous cannabis use would not disqualify candidates for some jobs under a new policy.
In a letter to the president, vocal cannabis policy reform advocate Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and 29 of his Democratic colleagues in the House called on Biden to put the White House employment policy on previous cannabis use clearly on the record.
“We ask that you clarify your employment suitability policies, remove past cannabis use as a potential disqualifier, and apply these policies with consistency and fairness,” the letter said.
Past Pot Use OK For Senior Officials
In addition to Blumenauer, the letter was signed by dozens of Democratic representatives, including Don Beyer of Virginia, Mondaire Jones of New York, California’s Barbara Lee, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Joaquin Castro of Texas. The lawmakers noted that senior members of the