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FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana


Comey FBI Grappling With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana Law Blog WSJ

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/05/20/dire...

Congress has authorized the FBI to add 2,000 personnel to its rolls this year, and many of those new recruits will be assigned to tackle cyber crimes, a growing priority for the agency. And that’s a problem, Mr. Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute, an annual conference held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan. A lot of the nation’s top computer programmers and hacking gurus are also fond of marijuana.

“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,” Mr. Comey said.

Mr. Comey said that the agency was “grappling with the question right now” of how to amend the agency’s marijuana policies, which excludes from consideration anyone who has smoked marijuana in the previous three years, according to the FBI’s Web site. One conference goer asked Mr. Comey about a friend who had shied away from applying because of the policy. “He should go ahead and apply,” despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said.

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It really feels like Americans have to do increasingly strange things to be in compliance with the antiquated federal laws restricting marijuana.

Years from now people will wonder why it took us so long to legalize it.

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