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White House Staffers Fired For Past Marijuana Use

According to the Daily Beast, dozens of White House staffers were fired or “sidelined” due to past marijuana (weed) use. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that only five people were actually fired, but that number does not count staffers who were suspended or assigned to remote work due to problems with obtaining a security clearance.

Past drug use does, of course, present a complication with security clearances in general. The problem is that White House officials allegedly informed now-sidelined staffers that their past weed use would be overlooked in the on-boarding process. Those alleged assurances were obviously false.

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Just like the story from Kamala Harris where she said she smoked weed in college then listened to Tupac and Snoop Dogg in college. At least half of that story is false… and if that’s the case then there is no surprise that some lies may have come from the top about past marijuana use not necessarily being a factor when it comes to bringing on White House Staffers.

Reports from the White House say that there is an effort to clean up the security clearance process in order to make room for those who have marijuana use in their background. While it’s not clear what channels that process would need to go through in order to happen, it doesn’t seem like an insurmountable hill to climb.

Adjusting criteria for security clearances should be an easy thing to accomplish. Quite frankly, it would have already been done many years ago during the eight years of the Obama/ Biden administration if there was a true desire to make it happen. Maybe there are a certain group of people in the federal government who do not see the need to lower the standard to achieve security clearance. After all, nobody wants to risk having a full-blown drug addict in the White House. That is a clear security risk, which defeats the purpose of having a security clearance, to begin with.

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  1. Its not about the marijuana, its about the person’s documented prior behavior, and the security implications that follows from these biographical details.

    The goal of the system of security clearances is to formalize trust. Strictly speaking a person that used marijuana showed that they would be prepared to break the law, i.e., they would acquire and use marijuana even though it is against the law. From a security clearance process perspective this raises questions about the ultimate trustworthiness of the individual being vetted.

    To be clear, I am not disputing whether marijuana is ‘safe’ to use, etc.n that argument is out of scope for this discussion Incidentally thate are highly regarded studies that found regular marijuana use to be less harmful than regular alcohol use, as quantified in potential physical dependence -and harm, see, e.g., Nutt, D.; King, L. A.; Saulsbury, W.; Blakemore, C. (2007). “Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse” (PDF). The Lancet. 369 (9566): 1047–1053. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60464-4. PMID 17382831. S2CID 5903121. Though the issue remains controversial in terms of public opinion.

  2. Where does Kamala Harris fall in this picture? As she has publicly said that she has used marijuana in the past, does that mean she won’t be able to get a security clearance? Or is this another case of one standard for the plebs and another for the elites?!


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