White House staffers asked to resign or work remotely after revealing past marijuana use
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White House staffers asked to resign or work remotely after revealing past marijuana use

Author: Arlette Saenz, Jake Tapper and Betsy Klein

(CNN)Several White House staffers were asked to resign, were suspended or are working remotely after revealing past marijuana use during their background checks, sources familiar with the situation tell CNN.

Five people are no longer employed at the White House, while additional staffers are working remotely. In many of the cases involving staffers who are no longer employed, additional security factors were in play, including for some hard drug use, the official said.

While marijuana use is legal in many states, it is still illegal on the federal level, which can present a hurdle in the federal security clearance process.

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