The U.S. Secret Service has revealed they discovered marijuana twice on the White House premises this year before cocaine was later found in the West Wing. This was disclosed during a classified briefing to Congress on an investigation regarding the cocaine discovery. Small quantities of marijuana were discovered in July and September of the previous year. Despite marijuana being decriminalized in Washington, D.C., it remains prohibited on federal property, such as the White House.
A spokesperson for the Secret Service told Fox News:
“No one was arrested in these incidents, because the weight of the marijuana confiscated did not meet the legal threshold for federal charges or D.C. misdemeanor criminal charges, as the District of Columbia had decriminalized possession. The marijuana was collected by officers and destroyed.”
Following the briefing, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado expressed her concern regarding the lack of surveillance, especially since these were not the first instances of illicit substances being discovered on White House grounds under President Biden’s administration. She queried the type of individuals being permitted into the White House and criticized the seemingly inadequate security measures in place, especially around the lockers where the cocaine was found.
Boebert disclosed that the key to the locker where the cocaine was found was missing, and despite over 500 individuals passing through the West Wing that weekend, no suspects have been identified. There is no log for the lockers, nor any video surveillance. She expressed frustration over the desire of the authorities to swiftly close the investigation and move on.