The Beast attributed its report back to “three folks aware of the state of affairs,” including that the coverage even impacted staffers whose marijuana use had solely occurred in a state (or district, within the case of the District of Columbia) the place weed utilization was authorized.
That is each an injustice and much from an remoted incident. Fairly, the information is simply one other instance of this administration’s hypocritical penchant for saying one factor however doing one other in the case of drug coverage.
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Now, to be truthful, since The Beast’s story got here out, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki has tried to downplay it, tweeting out an NBC Information report from February claiming that the administration “wouldn’t routinely disqualify employees from serving within the White Home,” including that solely 5 individuals who had begun their work on the White Home have been “not employed on account of this coverage.”
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Psaki additionally despatched a press release to The Beast insisting that the administration had truly “labored … to make sure that extra folks have the chance to serve than wouldn’t have previously with the identical stage of latest drug use.”
As The Beast famous, nevertheless, Psaki did not observe what number of potential White Home staffers had been disqualified for a job earlier than ever getting the possibility to begin one due to marijuana.
In any case, although, the truth that even a single staffer had been let go, demoted or disqualified on account of previous marijuana use – particularly after being advised it in all probability wouldn’t have an effect on their employment – is just not solely flawed, but in addition utterly mindless.
Though I can actually perceive why the White Home wouldn’t wish to rent a staffer who would present as much as work stoned, I might problem anybody to search out even a single piece of proof that previous marijuana use (particularly authorized marijuana use, through which no legal guidelines have been damaged) would intrude with an individual’s capability to do their job.
Though Biden actually mentioned a variety of progressive issues throughout his marketing campaign, his felony justice document is nothing in need of draconian.
It’s additionally, fairly frankly, nasty to trick folks by convincing them that their honesty on this matter could be of no consequence to them professionally, solely to then hearth or demote them for having advised the reality.
Sadly, as disgusting because the chicanery that this administration appears to have pulled right here is, it’s additionally completely unsurprising. The truth is, if I needed to sum up the Biden/Harris strategy to drug coverage in a single phrase, “chicanery” could be precisely the one I’d select.
Though Biden actually mentioned a variety of progressive issues throughout his marketing campaign, his felony justice document is nothing in need of draconian, and that’s actually one thing that he and Harris have in frequent.
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Worse, this disingenuous disconnect between phrase and deed has solely continued since he’s turn out to be president. For instance: Final month, Biden mentioned: “Nobody ought to go to jail for the usage of a drug.” Though I’ll agree along with his assertion, I actually don’t agree with the blatant try to deceive the nation that he was clearly making by saying it. In spite of everything, if Biden actually did really feel this manner, there’s no cause he wouldn’t be doing one thing to alter it.
Biden might, for instance, grant clemency to all the folks at present locked up in federal prisons for utilizing criminalized medication – lots of whom, by the best way, are literally rotting there exactly due to the legal guidelines that he himself co-authored or co-sponsored, just like the 1994 Crime Invoice or the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 – however he hasn’t.
Harris, in fact, isn’t significantly better. Positive, she could say she helps the legalization of hashish now, however she additionally oversaw almost 2,000 marijuana convictions throughout her time as a prosecutor in San Francisco, and even declined to assist California’s legalization poll measure simply 5 years in the past in 2016.
Like Biden, Harris has additionally, as of but failed, to meaningfully tackle or rectify her previous championing of unjust drug laws or the harm that it has brought about.
Put merely: The White Home handled these staffers and potential staffers unjustly, and deserves to be referred to as out for that. In doing so, although, we’ve to additionally remember to spotlight how this therapy, sadly, doesn’t characterize the exception, however the rule.
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Kat Timpf has been a Fox Information contributor since 2015.