Good help is hard to find. President Biden should keep this in mind given that dozens of White House employees are disciplined, released and asked to resign over past marijuana use, according to multiple news reports.

Some of those facing discipline and deportation come from states and communities where marijuana is legal. Additionally, the administration had previously indicated that it would ease restrictions on past marijuana use, with NBC News reporting in February that waivers would be granted at the discretion of the administration for limited use of the drug in the past.

Transition staff ensured Biden’s team had a better understanding of recreational marijuana use than the former White Houses, with young staff disclosing their marijuana use in documents as part of their lengthy background checks , which is standard for employees at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

But some of those same staff were disappointed and frustrated when they were subsequently suspended or asked to step down from their White House duties due to long-standing use of the drug.

The injustice of the apparent turnaround is particularly stinging when Vice President Kamala Harris openly spoke about past marijuana use during the election campaign, telling radio host Charlamagne that God had smoked, “and I inhaled,” she added, laughing.

It almost seems like the Biden administration’s policy on marijuana isn’t based on what you did, but who you are.

The gap highlights the current inconsistency in public policies regarding marijuana use, as more states decriminalize the drug while it remains illegal at the federal level. Marijuana use continues to exist in a legal gray area, frowned upon by many employers, while being celebrated by the rapidly growing and influential recreational industry.

With 14 states having made the drug fully legal and more than half the country having at least decriminalized it, it’s time for the federal government to act to create some sort of cohesive policy as to its legal status. The rules for White House employees are just the latest victim of a lingering problem that is keenly felt by many Americans who do not know what the rules are and what their rights are.

States are the laboratories of democracy in our country, and as a nation we must adapt to the realities on the ground for many of our citizens. Congress must take action to form a cohesive federal approach to a drug that is no longer banned for many of our citizens, and the executive branch should publicly clarify what the rules are for their employees.

We don’t all agree on what the marijuana policy in this country should be, but it should be obvious that the American people deserve to know what the rules are, and we should all expect them to be. are applied consistently.