FBI’s weed problem: Agency struggling to hire hackers – because they can’t find any who haven’t smoked marijuana in last three years

FBI director James Comey

The FBI could be set to reverse its policy of not hiring staff who have smoked marijuana in the past three years after struggling to recruit computer hackers.

At the annual conference of the White Collar Crime Institute, the director of the agency told the audience that the policy means they can’t take on some of the staff they would like.

The FBI announced last year that it was increasing its workforce and expanding its suspect-surveillance programmes.

It is thought these will include tactics more commonly associated with underground computer hackers and other tech-savvy criminals.

But as potential employees aren’t allowed to have smoked the drug in the last three years, the agency say they now have a recruitment problem.