Ever wanted to work for the FBI, but not badly enough that you’d stop smoking weed for the required three years prior to applying?
You might be in luck.
Speaking to the White Collar Crime Institute on Monday in New York City, FBI Director James Comey walked back his agency’s drug policy, saying the FBI is “grappling with the question” of how to accommodate job applications from recent — or current — users of marijuana.
“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,” Comey said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A conference attendee shared that a friend of his had decided not to apply for an FBI job based on the agency’s marijuana policy, to which Comey said, “(Your friend) should go ahead and apply.”
Recreational marijuana use is now legal in two states, Colorado and Washington, and a majority of Americans support cannabis legalization, but marijuana use is far from the norm.
A mere seven percent of all American adults admitted to currently using marijuana in an August Gallup poll, though that figure balloons to 14 percent for Americans 18- to 29 years-old — presumably the age range of the “kids” to whom Comey referred.
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