“Dozen” White House employees have either been suspended, asked to resign, or put on a remote work program for medical and recreational cannabis use, past or current, although the Biden administration has advised in the past that it would be milder in the problem reported Daily Beast on Thursday.

Three people familiar with the situation told the Daily Beast that White House candidates were initially told that cannabis would not necessarily be an immediate disqualifier for staff, in line with Biden’s promise to decriminalize recreational cannabis. Many applied and were accepted for roles have experienced problems.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Friday that the new administration was indeed more lenient than it was in the past, and that of the hundreds of employees hired in the administration, only five started at the White House had, “are no longer employed as employees as a result of this policy. “

As a result, more people will serve who have not had the same level of recent drug use in the past. The bottom line is: of the hundreds of employees, only five people who started in the White House are no longer employed because of these policies.

– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) March 19, 2021 To ensure that more people have the opportunity to serve the public, we’ve worked with security to ensure that more people have the opportunity to serve than they don’t Case would be the past with the same level of recent drug use. While we won’t go into individual cases, in many cases there were additional factors contributing to the low number of people being fired, “Psaki told the Daily Beast in a statement in response to the report.

The report found that the guidelines disproportionately affected people with disabilities and all medical cannabis patients, younger applicants, and all applicants whose previous use was solely in one or more of the 14 states where recreational cannabis is legal – including Washington DC itself.

If you were wondering, this is one of the reasons I never thought of applying for a position in the Biden-Harris administration. Those of us who use medicinal cannabis are just not welcome. Https://t.co/uOh746G2CP – Matthew Cortland (@mattbc) March 19, 2021 The discrepancy between state legalizations and U.S. federal criminalization policies provides results that are particularly discriminatory against Oregon residents who also used it last November have decriminalized certain psychedelic mushrooms and compounds whose use in the past completely banned candidates from applying for positions in the White House.

The resignation motions appear to be due to the lack of clear guidelines for cannabis use for past or current users in the White House, which until now has mainly relied on the “honor system”, unlike authorities like the NSA or the FBI, which have clear guidelines had guidelines on past and current usage, the Beast reported.

A White House spokesman told the Daily Beast that it was “determined to bring the best people into government – especially the young people whose commitment to public service can deepen in these positions,” and noted that the The White House’s approach to cannabis use in the past is much more flexible than previous administrations.

In the earliest days of the Trump era, several already accepted middle to senior brass officials were fired from the White House after failing urine tests showing signs of recent cannabis use, a person aware of the matter reportedly told the Daily Beast.

However, the president continues to have final say over who can get a security clearance to work in the White House and has the power to override eligibility decisions, as President Donald Trump did when he gave the Jewish Son-in-law Jared Kushner gave a tip-secret clearance about the objections of the secret services and his own lawyer.