FBI Might Chill Out About Hiring Stoners

Retail marijuana grows at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Frustrated by the cash-heavy aspect of its new marijuana industry, Colorado is trying a long-shot bid to create a financial system devoted to the pot business. But according to many industry and regulatory officials, Colorado's plan to move the weed industry away from cash to easily auditable banking accounts won't work. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
FBI Director James Comey said the agency might rework the section of its hiring policy that addresses marijuana use.
AP Photo/Brennan Linsle

Here’s the problem, in three parts. The FBI needs hackers to fight cybercrime. Some hackers like to smoke pot. And the FBI has rules against hiring people who smoke pot.

Oh, and Lord knows the FBI’s never paid anybody who’s committed a crime worse than getting high.

But, as the Wall Street Journal tells it, the agency might be willing to overlook the ganja thing.

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"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," (FBI Director James B.) Comey said.

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. One conference goer asked Mr. Comey about a friend who had shied away from applying because of the policy. "He should go ahead and apply," despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said.

Comey also said the FBI now works less “in-box,” the Journal reports, which is almost like saying it’s less square.