Newsbrief: Eleven House Pages Fired for Marijuana Use -- NORML Offers Them Jobs 5/3/02

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Eleven teens working as pages in the US House of Representatives have been fired from their jobs after being caught using marijuana, the Capitol Hill tipsheet Roll Call reported Wednesday.

"The trouble started when one female page whose family lives in the Washington, DC, area brought several other pages to the family home unsupervised," wrote Roll Call's Ed Henry. "The pages involved allegedly smoked marijuana in the basement of the house." The female paged then allegedly "brought some drugs back to the House page dorm on Capitol Hill, where her roommate turned her in to authorities. That led to everyone involved being disciplined."

Roll Call reported that all eleven pages were sponsored by Republican House members.

On Wednesday afternoon, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (http://www.norml.org) issued a news release offering jobs to the newly unemployed teens. "If they're good enough to serve as congressional pages and their proclivity is to smoke marijuana," said NORML Foundation executive director Allen St. Pierre, "then they sound like intern material to us!"

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