The FBI has a problem- all the best hackers love to smoke weed. The agency is having trouble finding new and talented agents because their drug policy prohibits candidates who have smoked weed within the last three years.
FBI Director James B. Comey said the FBI will have to loosen its drug policy to allow talented tech experts to join at a conference last week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The FBI is aiming to hire top tier hackers to battle cyber criminals but many of them, as it turns out, just want to get a little high first. Comey explained:
“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.”
The FBI, compared to other government agencies, is typically the most conservative when it comes to hiring and past drug use. Before 2007, if you had smoked weed more than 15 times, you shouldn’t even bother applying for a job. With cyber-terrorism and hacking on the rise, the FBI will definitely have to change gears to get the best of the best, especially if they plan to hire 2000 new agents this year.
Of course, not all the “smartest” people agree that marijuana use should be tolerated. Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama is convinced that marijuana is still a dangerous drug. According to CBS News, Sessions voiced his fear over smart people getting high to Comey:
“Do you understand that that could be interpreted as one more example of leadership in America dismissing the seriousness of marijuana use? … And that could undermine our ability to convince young people not to go down a dangerous path?”
A dangerous path indeed… said no pothead ever. If anything, this conservative congressman is pushing me closer to smoking weed.