FBI eases rules on past drug use

Struggling to fill jobs, the FBI has eased rules for applicants with a history of drug use.

FBI eases rules on past drug use
Struggling to fill jobs, the FBI has eased rules for applicants with a history of drug use, it was reported Monday.

Previously, the FBI rejected any applicant who had smoked marijuana more than 15 times or tried other illegal drugs more than five times, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Now, applicants are considered for work if they haven't used marijuana for three years or other illegal drugs for a decade, The Post reported.

The new standards reflect the reality that as much of a third of the population has tried marijuana, said FBI officials, who are struggling to fill jobs, especially in the areas of counterterrorism and intelligence.

Even with the news standards, the FBI still has one of the toughest hiring policies in federal government or the private sector, said Jeffrey J. Berkin, an FBI spokesman.

Applicants applying to the CIA, for example, will be considered if they have not used illegal drugs within the last year, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers applicants who admit to youthful and experimental use of marijuana, The Post reported.

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