FBI Director Takes Heat for Marijuana Comments
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FBI Director Takes Heat for Marijuana Comments
Posted by CN Staff on May 22, 2014 at 04:49:04 PT
By Paresh Dave
Source: Los Angeles Times 
Washington, D.C. -- Marijuana users won't be welcome at the FBI anytime soon, the agency's director said Wednesday.The loosening of restrictions on pot in some states has forced the FBI to reject qualified applicants because of a policy that bars them from having used the drug during the last three years. That has made it even harder to hire computer crimes specialists, who are already in high demand, since such "hackers" are especially fond of marijuana, FBI Director James B. Comey said at a White Collar Crime Institute conference Tuesday.
ďI 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,Ē Comey said, according to a Wall Street Journal report.The statement unleashed a buzz online over whether Comey meant that the FBI was considering loosening its policy.Confronted by U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) at an oversight hearing Wednesday, Comey said he had been trying to be lighthearted."I am determined not to lose my sense humor," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Unfortunately, there I was trying to be both serious and funny."Comey said his original comments came in response to a question from an audience member, who said someone he knew was a great candidate for the FBI but had smoked marijuana recently.I am determined not to lose my sense humor. Unfortunately, there I was trying to be both serious and funny."I said, 'Iím not going discuss a specific case, but apply,'" Comey said at the Senate hearing. "And then I waxed philosophic and funny to say, 'One of the challenges we face is getting a good work force at the same time that young peopleís attitudes and our states' attitudes about marijuana are leading more and more of them to try it.'"Sessions had questioned Comey about whether the FBI director understood that his earlier statement "could be interpreted as one more example of leadership in America dismissing the seriousness of marijuana use.""That could undermine our ability to convince young people to not go down a dangerous path," Sessions said.In his reply, Comey said he was "absolutely dead-set" against marijuana."I donít want young people to use marijuana," he said. "Itís against the law. We have a three-year ban.... I did not say Iím going to change that."Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:   Paresh Dave Published: May 21, 2014Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite:   -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Oleg the Tumor on June 01, 2014 at 16:44:01 PT:
Too Funny for Words!
Can't get good help? I hate when that happens. Cannabis has its uses, despite what Uncle Sam or anyone else thinks.Sadly, its MOST PROFITABLE use lies (coincidentaly) in prohibiting young computer programmers from working for the FBI!But now that the lights are on, people can see what was in the shadows. Constant Change is Here to Stay!
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Comment #4 posted by keninsj on May 22, 2014 at 20:38:52 PT:
Sort of contradictory. 
According to most prohibs, these "hackers" shouldn't be able to hack there way in to a bag of Doritos after all there pot smoking. I found that ironic that he basically stated that these smart people are users of cannabis. Made me chuckle.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on May 22, 2014 at 17:44:37 PT
The shrinking minority opinion.
Comey said he was "absolutely dead-set" against marijuana.-0-Zombie prohibitionist?-0-It's reassuring to know the facts:There are more of Us set to end Comey's ignorance & Comey's crowd is getting smaller every day.Long live the SUPERPLANT.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on May 22, 2014 at 09:18:23 PT
O I C!
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Comment #1 posted by observer on May 22, 2014 at 09:11:53 PT
Police State Fears Pot-Smoking Snowdens
FBI and other police state agencies fear pot smokers because once pot smokers see how much police-statery is predicated on marijuana, the pot smokers on the inside don't like that and undermine the government's lying rationale for more police statism.
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