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FBI director jokes that agency’s drug policy creates hiring challenges

  1. ZenobiaSky
    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."

    Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:44 PM Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:51 PM

    The Newhawks Crew


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Aw. Poor Jim. Him is so upset. Him might just have to change the stupid zero-tolerance drug use policy of the FBI and wake up to the 21st Century realities of life. Poor, poor funny man Jim.
  2. sexybadass
    the Federal Gov't should just acknowledge that Pot isn't the Sin some made it out to be. alcohol can be way worse. well good luck in finding people who conform to the standards.
  3. Ghetto_Chem
    From the sounds of it, what happened is kind of like when you suggest something to someone "half jokingly" hoping they'll say yes, but if they say no then you were of course just joking around. The term "threesome" comes to mind haha.

    He said it hoping the reaction would be better than it was, and when it wasn't he simply pulled the old "I was just kidding" card. But its obvious that they will be changing their policies soon regardless, the pot heads have won! There is just no way our government can continue to monitor and police its citizens without new recruits to keep up with the new "criminals."

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