Anyone who has ever wanted to be a special agent with the FBI or an operative for the CIA may have discovered that they aren’t too friendly toward pot smokers. If you want to apply for any of these positions, you don’t just need to pass a drug test, you also need to go without cannabis for up to three years. As more and more states legalizing marijuana, the question arises, are the FBI and CIA missing out on qualified applicants because they have smoked pot in the last 3 years?

An FBI director has stated that the agency does have a plan to relax the marijuana policy so they can hire more hackers, but he later said that his comment was in fact a joke that referenced an applicant who had smoked pot in the last 5 years. Marijuana is slowly becoming mainstream and four states have legalized it for recreational use. Now, over half of the population has admitted to using the substance and so it could be difficult to find someone who doesn’t have any stoner skeletons in their closet.

You then need to think about the government agencies. How can you expect them to loosen their laws regarding marijuana when states like Colorado haven’t made any changes to their own? Many companies still have a zero tolerance policy which prevents anyone from getting a position within the business if they failed the drug test for marijuana. They also have the right to terminate an employee who has failed a random drugs test.

There are still a lot of discrepancies between federal and state law. This means that pot is legal in Colorado but not in the eyes of the government, however many experts believe that people who have been disqualified because of their marijuana use could be reimbursed if the laws were to change.