The FBI has a marijuana problem. The problem? The people the bureau is trying to recruit for its cyber crimes division really like smoking marijuana.
In a speech at a conference of the New York City Bar Association, FBI director James Comey said weed is so popular with the computer programers and hackers he's targeting for recruitment that he's now "grappling with the question" of wether or not to revisit the bureau's long-standing prohibition on cannabis use among agents:
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.
I'm sure we can find some evidence at the White Castle down the block...
The FBI has always had a (somewhat cultivated) image of being particularly straight-laced, even for law enforcement. And under its current policy, the FBI does not knowingly employ individuals who have used marijuana in the previous three years.
But that appears to be changing rapidly. When asked if an individual who uses marijuana should apply, Comey said that person should go ahead, even though the policy is technically still in place:
He should go ahead and apply... [we have] changed both our mindset and the way we do business.