Same old Joe: Rebuffing staff who smoked pot fits Biden’s MO
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Same old Joe: Rebuffing staff who smoked pot fits Biden’s MO

The White House press secretary acknowledged Friday that marijuana use has led to five staffers losing their jobs. By NATALIE FERTIG and MONA ZHANG 03/19/2021 07:56 PM EDT

Anyone surprised that Joe Biden would scrutinize the weed-smoking habits of his White House staff hasn't paid attention to one of the more consistent policy threads of his decades-long career.

He’s just not ready to embrace cannabis.

Despite a shift in public opinion toward legalizing marijuana over the past 30 years, the president’s more conservative approach to weed policy is well-known on Capitol Hill. When the Daily Beast reported late Thursday that “dozens” of young White House staffers had been suspended, asked to resign or placed in a remote work program after admitting to prior marijuana use, pro-cannabis lawmakers were dismayed Friday but hardly shocked.

“It is another very vivid example of the clash between outmoded past policies, and where America is, and where America is going,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Capitol Hill’s unofficial weed czar, said in an interview. “It's not, probably, surprising.”

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