FBI Considers Changing Rules to Allow Hiring of Marijuana Smokers in Order to Recruit the Best Hackers

President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during Comey's installation as FBI director, Monday, Oct. 28,2013, at FBI Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during Comey’s installation as FBI director, Monday, Oct. 28,2013, at FBI Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The FBI says its no-tolerance marijuana policy is forcing the agency to turn away its best hacker recruits.

“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,” FBI Director James Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cybersecurity is a growing priority for the law enforcement agency. Congress has authorized the FBI to hire 2,000 recruits this year and the majority of them will be assigned to cyber crimes units.

In a roundtable with reporters earlier this month, Mr Comey reiterated his focus on cyber crimes, saying cyber-related issues are going to dominate his tenure.

The FBI is “grappling with the question right now” of how to amend its marijuana policies, Mr. Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute, an annual conference held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan.

According to the FBI’s website, all applicants who have smoked pot within the last three years are excluded from consideration.

One conference attendee asked Mr. Comey about a friend who didn’t apply to the FBI because of the policy.

“He should go ahead and apply,” despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said, according to the Journal.

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SOURCE: Kelly Riddell
The Washington Times

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