White House staffers who smoked marijuana in the past are not welcome in the Biden administration.
The Biden administration shocked White House staffers by asking them to resign their positions if they have ever smoked weed.
According to multiple reports, "dozens" of White House staffers were either suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program because they confessed to past marijuana use.
The White House staffers were asked during the background-check process if they had ever used marijuana in the past.
The ones who answered "yes" were told the Biden administration was willing to overlook some marijuana use, but they were later asked to resign.
The staffers who didn't lose their jobs despite marking "yes" to marijuana use were retained to "ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people."
The response on social media was swift. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson wrote it's "incredibly stupid for many reasons," considering "that cannabis is legal is Washington, DC."
While Bloomberg's Steven Dennis wondered aloud if a "young Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or JFK would have been excluded from this White House" for smoking weed.