The Director of the FBI, James Comey, has created a stir recently by advising that the FBI are missing out on employing many highly functioning and intelligent computer analysts due to their use of Marijuana.
He was quoted at an American Bar Association Conference into White Collar Crime saying “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.”
It is understandable that Mr Comey as the head of the FBI would need to consider all options that allow his organisation the most effective way to fight criminals even if that means hiring criminals (pot smokers). It is interesting that the comments from Mr Comey come within months of recent changes to the law in Washington and Colorado whereby the recreational use of Marijuana is now legal.
In New South Wales severe criminal sanctions still apply for the possession and supply of Marijuana. The Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) specifies that the possession of under 30 grams of Marijuana (Cannabis Leaf) is a ‘small amount’ but the possession of over 500 grams is determined as a ‘traffickable amount’. However, as society’s attitude changes towards the use of Marijuana it may be that laws are eventually relaxed and the possession of Marijuana becomes decriminalised.
It will be interesting to see how the law in relation to Marijuana and other prohibited substances develops in New South Wales and abroad. However for the time being it would seem that the FBI employment aspirations of young pot smokers is up in smoke.
For more on the subject read here: http://time.com/107525/up-in-smoke-fbi-wont-change-rules-on-pot-smoking-recruits/