On Tuesday, after receiving backlash from certain senators about the comments during a committee hearing, director James Comey suggested he was partly kidding and appeared to backtrack.
The FBI may be open to revising its zero-tolerance policy on marijuana use, the agency's director said this week.
FBI Director James Comey said that it's become more difficult for the bureau to find top recruits who have not smoked pot, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The FBI has become increasingly focused on hiring talented computer programmers to help combat cybercrime. But, according to Comey, many of the top candidates also smoke a lot of weed — a factor that disqualifies potential employees.
"I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview," Comey said at this week's White Collar Crime annual conference in New York.
When a member of the audience asked a follow-up question about someone he knew who had not applied to the FBI due to its zero-tolerance policy, Comey responded: "He should go ahead and apply."
The FBI's current drug policy prohibits the agency from hiring anyone who has used marijuana, or "any other illegal drug," in the last three years.
On Tuesday, after receiving backlash from certain senators about the comments during a committee hearing, Comey suggested he was partly kidding and appeared to backtrack.
Comey said he "was trying to be both serious and funny" and would continue to adhere to the FBI's current hiring policies. But he insisted they may eventually have to be changed.
"One of our challenges that we face is getting a good work force at the same time young people's attitudes about marijuana and our states' attitudes about marijuana are leading more and more of them to try it," Comey said. "I did not say that I'm going to change that ban. I said I have to grapple with the change in my workforce."
BY ADAM EDELMAN
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:44 PM Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:51 PM
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