JUL 08, 2021 4:45 PM PDT

Past Cannabis Use No Longer Barrier to Joining FBI

WRITTEN BY: Angela Dowden

Without trumpet or fanfare, the hard line recruitment policy the FBI had held around cannabis use has been changed to be more tolerant.

Until recently, the FBI’s website had stated that potential candidates cannot have used marijuana “within the three years preceding the date of their application for employment, regardless of the location of use (even if marijuana usage is legal in the candidate’s home state)”.

Now people who are seeking to join the FBI are still disqualified if they have used cannabis within the past 12 months, but usage going further back will be overlooked.

In addition, the updated online information has been updated to specifically state that use of cannabis before the age of 18 is not a disqualifier for FBI employment. Instead a “whole-person concept,” will be used in deciding who to employ, the website says.

The FBI policy change, may be due to the nature of the work, according to High Times. It reports that back in 2014, FBI Director James Comey was quoted as saying:  “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.”

It may also reflect that the Biden administration has also started granting some waivers for workers who admit to prior cannabis use. 

That said, FBI policy remains that people who have used illegal drugs, or misused or abused legal drugs cannot apply to the FBI for 10 years, and must not misrepresent their drug use.

Meanwhile the Department of Defense, Air Force and the Navy have ruled that every hemp and cannabis product is off limits, even those that are just applied to the skin, such as soaps and shampoos.This is due to concerns that CBD oils, though legal, may be contaminated with traces of the psychoactive component THC.

Source: High Times

About the Author
  • I'm a journalist and author with many year's experience of writing for both a consumer and professional audience, mostly on nutrition, health and medical prescribing. My background is food science and I'm a registered nutritionist.
You May Also Like
AUG 26, 2021
Cancer
COVID-19 Vaccination Induces Strong Immunity in Cancer Patients
AUG 26, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Induces Strong Immunity in Cancer Patients
Cancer patients have a higher risk of developing severe symptoms from a COVID-19 infection.   Many cancer pati ...
AUG 30, 2021
Plants & Animals
Using Sunflower Pollen to Create Ink For 3D Biomedical Printing
AUG 30, 2021
Using Sunflower Pollen to Create Ink For 3D Biomedical Printing
Most methods for manufacturing ink for 3D printers involve the addition of various materials to provide strength and str ...
AUG 30, 2021
Health & Medicine
For the love of java: Researchers find association, not causation, between excessive coffee consumption, brain size, and dementia
AUG 30, 2021
For the love of java: Researchers find association, not causation, between excessive coffee consumption, brain size, and dementia
Researchers find association, not causation, between excessive coffee consumption, brain size, and dementia
SEP 09, 2021
Earth & The Environment
A Win for Environmental Conservationists: Maine Bans Forever Chemicals
SEP 09, 2021
A Win for Environmental Conservationists: Maine Bans Forever Chemicals
The state of Maine took a massive step in environmental conservation on July 15, 2021, and banned the sale of products c ...
SEP 10, 2021
Earth & The Environment
Wildfire Effects on Air Quality
SEP 10, 2021
Wildfire Effects on Air Quality
Wildfires are becoming a common occurrence in the Western US, and wildfires are expected to increase in severity and num ...
SEP 12, 2021
Genetics & Genomics
Revealing Genes That Escape X Chromosome Inactivation
SEP 12, 2021
Revealing Genes That Escape X Chromosome Inactivation
Some diseases impact men, or women, at different rates or severities, with different symptoms or varied ages of onset; t ...
Loading Comments...