The FBI is starting to seriously rethink its zero-tolerance policy on marijuana. On Monday, FBI Director James Comey admitted that as fighting cyber crime has become a bigger priority for the bureau, they are finding it harder and harder to hire top computer programmers who do not also smoke weed.
During this week’s White Collar Crime Institute annual conference held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan, Comey reportedly said the FBI is “grappling with the question right now” of how to amend its marijuana policy to allow for agents who regularly use the drug. As it stands now, if you’ve used marijuana in the last three years, you’re out.
“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said at the conference. When someone asked about “friend” who had not applied to the FBI due to the policy, Comey said, “He should go ahead and apply.”
While jobs are scarce in some sectors, Congress has authorized the FBI to hire 2,000 additional agents in 2014 alone, many of them in the cyber crimes unit. So if you’re a huge pothead who still wants to help protect the country from cyber attacks, the FBI just might have a job for you.
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