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The FBI’s Drug Testing Policies Are Making It Nearly Impossible To Hire Skilled Hackers

The Internet can be a dangerous place – news stories abound about the mounting attention on cyber security. In fact, the threat posed by hackers is so troublesome that Congress recently tasked the FBI with hiring some 2,000 new cybersecurity recruits. But in their effort to fight computer-related crimes, the FBI’s hiring process hit an unforeseen snag: reefer madness.

According to FBI Director James Comey: “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.”

Apparently being a high-end hacker these days goes hand-in-hand with getting high. The FBI’s drug testing policies are making it nearly impossible for them to hire hackers with enough skills to beat the cyber-criminals the feds are trying to take down. Couple that with the fact that most hackers can find more lucrative deals that don’t involve working for the feds, and the incentive to put the bong down goes up in smoke.

Currently, the agency’s regulations forbid hiring someone who has smoked marijuana in the last three years. But because of the problems it’s facing finding talented cyber security experts, many people believe the FBI should consider relaxing its restrictions on cannabis.

Comey, however, isn’t on the bandwagon. He has stated he will not relax the current policies, but will instead continue to grapple with the change in his workforce.

Notwithstanding the federal government’s mixed approach to marijuana enforcement via its three-year rule, the drug remains classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., which is reserved for the most “dangerous” and “addictive” intoxicants known to humanity.

But is it really? Sure, we can all agree that marijuana is a drug, but is it as harmful as substances like heroin and cocaine? Most people don’t think so; recent surveys indicate that the majority of Americans believe it’s about time to legalize the drug.

Theoretically speaking, relaxing hiring restrictions for marijuana makes sense, but it remains unclear where we’ll go from here. The law is the law, after all. Even so, the FBI is requesting that all interested applicants should apply, whether or not they’ve recently gotten stoned.

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