FBI May Change Its Marijuana Policy For New Hires, Because Too Many Hackers Were Once Potheads
You know the country's really headed for a drug change when even government agencies are forced to rethink their policies because pot is just too pervasive . On Monday, FBI director James Comey said the FBI may change its current cannabis policy, because they need to hire some new tech experts, and literally too many hackers are into their weed.
On Monday (the day the U.S. launched an unprecedented foreign lawsuit against five Chinese military officials for cyber-espionage) Comey said the FBI was "grappling with the question" of what to do about the agency's hiring problem. The crux of the FBI's quandary? As it stands, the U.S. agency can't hire anyone who's used marijuana over the last three years, but it's been authorized by Congress to hire 2,000 new workers. Most of those will need to be cyber experts — and cyber experts tend to be 20-somethings with a laid-back attitude when it comes to marijuana.
"I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cybercriminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview," said the FBI director, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
“In recent years, we have changed both our mindset and the way we do business,” he added. “[We're trying] to look out beyond our inbox to assess what the dangers are, what’s being done about them, and, given that and our resources, what we should spend time on.”
That the War on Drugs is pretty much on its last legs shouldn't be coming as a surprise. What with Washington and Colorado meaning a legal high is only a plane-ride away, 20 other states now allowing medical marijuana, and certain congressmen bringing fake joints, pre-rolled by their expert staff to their hearings, a new, cannabis-friendly attitude has been in the works for a while. So while we shouldn't expect a full, bong-filled turnaround at the FBI, there's a chance at least that the agency will getting a whole lot more mellow soon.