FBI not changing rules on pot and personnel


Current prohibitions against hiring people who have recently smoked marijuana might be making the FBI’s job harder, but the agency isn’t planning on changing its policy.

FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump 'constantly' discusses using polygraphs to stem leaks: report MORE on Wednesday walked back a claim earlier this week that current rules were making it difficult to hire good computer experts.

“I did not say I’m going to change that ban,” Comey said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “I said I have to grapple with the change in my workforce.”


“Look, one of our challenges that we face is getting a good workforce at the same time when young people’s attitudes about marijuana and our states’ attitudes about marijuana are leading more and more of them to try it,” he added. “I am absolutely dead-set against using marijuana.”

On Monday, Comey indicated a willingness to change the bureau's no-tolerance policy, which prohibits it from hiring people who have smoked pot in the last three years.

“I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cyber criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” he told an annual lawyer conference.

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE (R-Ala.) on Wednesday said he was “very disappointed” by Comey’s remarks, pointing out that the American Medical Association, for instance, describes marijuana as “a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern."

Comey’s comments, Sessions said, “could be interpreted as one more example of leadership in America dismissing the seriousness of marijuana use, and that could undermine our ability to convince young people not to go down that dangerous path.”

Polls across the country in recent years have shown a steady increase in the public’s acceptance of marijuana use. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have already voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, and a handful of other states could follow suit in coming years.