It didn’t take but a day for James Comey, the director of the FBI, to backtrack on his statements that the bureau was considering reforming hiring policies to attract marijuana-smoking cyber analysts. “I am absolutely dead-set against using marijuana,” Comey told a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday. “I did not say that I am going to change that ban.”
On Tuesday, however, the director said he was “grappling with the question right now” about whether to lift a policy that precludes the FBI from hiring candidates who had used marijuana the past three years.
“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,” Comey told a gathering at the New York City Bar Association on Tuesday.
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