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The Major Drug Policy Change the FBI Is Considering

FILE -- In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo a caregiver picks out a marijuana bud for a patient at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Colorado lawmakers approved an uninsured coop banking scheme, another step to institutionalize the cash-only marijuana industry. But it won't happen overnight. The Federal Reserve must approve services like credit cards and checking; the state must regulate any coop; the industry and/or banking sector must come up with trustworthy institutions to deliver these services. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey gestures during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

"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.

(H/T: Gizmodo)

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