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The current policy for the Federal Bureau of Investigation states that the agency is firmly committed to a drug-free society and work place; if you’ve used marijuana in the past three years, don’t bother applying. 

But the FBI is looking to add about 2,000 extra personnel this year, and the Wall Street Journal reports that many of the new recruits will be assigned to cyber crimes. Obviously as technology becomes more embedded in daily life, cyber crimes will become a priority. 

And therein lies the problem, says FBI Director James B. Comey. According to him, computer programmers and hackers extraordinaire partake of certain recreational activities that go against current policy. 

“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,” Mr. Comey said, in a Wall Street Journal report.

FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday that if the FBI hopes to continue to keep pace with cyber criminals, the organization may have to loosen up its no-tolerance policy for hiring those who like to smoke marijuana…
…Mr. Comey said that the agency was “grappling with the question right now” of how to amend the agency’s marijuana policies, which excludes from consideration anyone who has smoked marijuana in the previous three years, according to the FBI’s Web site.

Comey said, when asked about the policy by an attendee whose friend smokes marijuana, that their friend should “go ahead and apply.”

Read more on the Wall Street Journal.


  • manalishi

    Above and beyond any petulant policy. It is a national security interest to hire the most competent for the job. Any half a**ed admin knows you may have to babysit some odd employees to achieve the goal. As much as i HATE dopers, I still wouldn’t hesitate to hire one if the best job is being done.

    • athynz


      “pet·u·lant [pech-uh-luhnt] Show IPA
      moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head.
      1590–1600; < Latin petulant- (stem of petulāns ) impudent, akin to petere to seek, head for

      Related forms
      pet·u·lant·ly, adverb
      un·pet·u·lant, adjective
      un·pet·u·lant·ly, adverb

      irritable, peevish, fretful, pettish, touchy. Unabridged
      Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
      Cite This Source | Link To petulant
      World English Dictionary
      petulant (ˈpɛtjʊlənt)

      — adj
      irritable, impatient, or sullen in a peevish or capricious way

      [C16: via Old French from Latin petulāns bold, from petulāre (unattested) to attack playfully, from petere to assail]"

      So manalishi is essentially saying the policy is a trifling irritant – sort of like you, David. BTW get rid of the "Joe" login as you are making the real Joe look bad.

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