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It is certainly true that many talented young hackers use marijuana.
But a policy change wouldn't just affect young hackers who use marijuana recreationally.Last week, the Internet erupted in praise, skepticism, and played-out puns following reports that the FBI was reconsidering its hiring restrictions on marijuana use. Comey said Monday that the agency was "grappling with the question right now" as the country changed its approach to marijuana, but backpedaled two days later, declaring at a Senate hearing, "I am absolutely dead set against using marijuana...I did not say I'm going to change that ban." It's a shame -- to stay as effective as possible, the FBI would do well to become more flexible on prospective employees' marijuana use.The supposed potential change was a reaction to the agency's troubles recruiting hackers to fight cybercrime amid growing threats from China and elsewhere.Comey, playing up stereotypes while stating a valid concern, went so far to say, "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." Meanwhile, the FBI's policies state that job applicants can't have used marijuana within the past three years, any other illegal drug in the past 10, or ever sold or transported any illegal drug.The FBI employs over 35,000 people, from hackers to secretaries to spies to janitors.
When a young hacker who enjoys marijuana is turned away from an FBI job for her past-time, she can probably find a better-paying, drug-test-free job at Google, Microsoft, or one of the countless startups hoping to be listed along with those giants one day.
But a medical marijuana patient in one of the 21 states (and the nation's capital) where it's legal may not have as many options, and current FBI employees who could benefit from its use may turn to more risky treatment alternatives in order to keep their jobs.
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