FBI May Loosen No-Tolerance Policy For Weed

By Shawn Dwyer 05/20/14

Struggling to keep pace with cyber criminals, the nation’s top law enforcement agency could pull back on its policy of not hiring people who smoke pot.

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FBI Director James B. Comey recently told a crowd at the White Collar Crime Institute gathered for an annual conference at the New York City Bar Association that his agency might have to stand down from its long-held policy of not hiring employees who like to smoke marijuana.

Comey cited that of the 2,000 people added to FBI payrolls in the last year, many have been hired to the growing agency priority of tackling cyber crime. But as he has come to learn, computer hackers and programmers often enjoy partaking in weed.

“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.

Current hiring standards at the agency excludes anyone who has smoked marijuana in the last three years, but the realities of the world have forced the agency to grapple with how to change their marijuana policy.

When told by conference attendee about a potential employee declining to apply because of their fondness for weed, Comey said that they “should go ahead and apply.”

Comey went on to say that the agency has tried to expand its collective mindset in recent years and become less constricted by out-dated modes of thinking.

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