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In March of this year, at least five members of the Biden administration had their employment terminated, at least in part for admitting to past marijuana use. To be clear, “marihuana” remains 100% illegal under federal law. While that is not in question, this move represents a philosophical approach to the cannabis plant on the part of the Biden administration that has been disappointing to say the least.
Now, there may be more to the story of why these staffers got fired, but let’s take stock. We have had more than one POTUS admit to past cannabis use. Not to mention, we have a sitting Vice President who has admitted to cannabis use. Even the the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who is charged with maintaining secrecy and operating at the highest of levels of discretion changed this policy over a decade ago.
The bureau’s pot-smoking standard, in place for at least 13 years, was revised after internal debate about whether the policy was eliminating prospects because of drug experimentation. In 2014, the FBI Director put out a public proclamation – “Don’t Let Weed Stop You from Applying to the FBI.”
As cyber wars heat up, groups like the FBI may be forced to turn to people who like to get a little heated to stay ahead of the curve. As recently as 2019, the federal government put out press releases concerning this topic and a National Security representative confessed, “I used to smoke weed in high school,” to The Register. “Now, so long as you can pass a drug test and don’t do them anymore, then it won’t hurt your application.”
This is an administration whose VP was a lead sponsor on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. While it has not yet been enacted into law, the Act removes marijuana from the List of Controlled Substances. Further, the MORE Act seeks to codify the fact that people who have utilized cannabis should not suffer societal implications for such use – by its very language. Wouldn’t letting people apply and get government jobs despite prior usage be a prime area for reform?
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