White House confirms firing several staffers for previous marijuana usage

Biden administration is working to change policy.

Updated: March 20, 2021 - 5:45pm

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Biden administration press secretary Jen Psaki is confirming Friday that the White House has dismissed several staffers due to their earlier use of marijuana as a recreational drug.

The Daily Beast first reported on the purported firings. In a tweet Friday, Psaki confirmed the firming, stating five people had been dismissed under the White House rule. 

Psaki said the White House recently "had worked with the security service to update the policies to ensure that past marijuana use wouldn’t automatically disqualify staff from serving in the White House."

"As a result, more people will serve who would not have in the past with the same level of recent drug use," she said.

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