The FBI Can’t Find Hackers Who Aren’t Stoners
Despite its prominence in culture and the battle to legalize pot that's currently being waged by states across the country, marijuana is, of course, still illegal. This is causing a problem for the FBI.
In looking to build a team of internet experts, coders, programmers--for lack of a better umbrella term, let's call them hackers--the director of the FBI seems to be having a problem finding young people who don't smoke weed:
“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.
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.
It's an interesting situation, and it's something that may have consequences when it comes to policy. Now that it's making life difficult for the government, will federal marijuana laws be changed? We'll see. Check out the article from the Wall St. Journal here.