It's no secret that Kamala Harris supports marijuana use. She talked openly about her past use during the college years. However, according to Fox News, five people were fired from the White House for the same "crime" Vice President committed.
The former prosecutor Harris was a guest on an iHeart radio show, The Breakfast Club in 2019, during the election campaign. During the interview, Harris spoke about her previous experiences with marijuana. She stated:
"I have [smoked marijuana]. And I inhaled. I did inhale."
"I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world."
Keep in mind that during that time, weed was illegal. Now, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told Tox News that five people lost their jobs by the current administration for past marijuana use, which remains illegal under federal law.
There is reportedly flexibility for "limited" use among staffers, but it's rather unclear what that truly means.
Sending Mixed Messages
On one hand, we have Harris, and we applaud her honesty but on the other, there's a big question: why were people fired for something that the VP used herself?
The scandal put press secretary in hot waters.
Psaki told the reporters:
"Marijuana is legal in a number of states across the country — it is still illegal federally."
She added that the five people in question weren't just fired for their previous marijuana use, but for "a number of them, there were other security issues that were raised."
Psaki shared her rules, and tweeted about security updates:
In December, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana. There is a similar ongoing effort among members of the party to move legislation in the current Congress.
While clearly, the White House is sending mixed messages, we have yet to hear from the former staffers, as they might give new light on the whole situation.