FBI regulations have changed, and now, would-be agents can apply to work for the agency even if they’ve previously used cannabis.
Many are applauding this as a huge sign of progress for the organization, as the FBI has updated its hiring process so that having used cannabis within a year of applying is a disqualifier, but any previous use is okay. In the past, applicants could not have used cannabis during the past three years.
“Candidates cannot have used marijuana or cannabis in any form (natural or synthetic) and in any location (domestic or foreign) within the one (1) year preceding the date of their application for employment,” the FBI’s website now states.
Back in May of this year, the regulations stated, “Candidates cannot have used marijuana within the three (3) 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).”
Additionally, the site now states that use of cannabis “before the candidate’s 18th birthday is not a disqualifier for FBI employment.” However, “adjudicative personnel will evaluate the candidate by using the ‘whole-person concept.’”
There was no announcement made about this change, but the policy has been quietly updated