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The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to hire more infosec professionals to help fight cyber-crime, but can't find the people they need because there's too much weed to weed out from the talent pool.

No, really: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that FBI Director James Comey made that exact complaint in a speech delivered earlier this week.

Comey reportedly told the White Collar Crime Institute that he needs a “great work force” to compete with the black hats, but “some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview”.

(Which, admittedly, seems a trifle indiscreet to El Reg as an interview check-list item: “Clean shirt? Check. Swapped pyjamas for pants? Check. Latest version of CV? Check. Awesome cone for the trip? Check.”)

It's especially problematic since someone who arrives at the interview with a lingering odour of dope has probably violated the Feds' rule excluding from employment anyone who's inhaled in the last three years.

Comey went so far as to canvass that the agency might have to re-examine that policy, saying he'd advised a friend who'd asked about the policy “should go ahead and apply”.

Given what the FBI is capable of with its head straight, El Reg is ordering a container-load of popcorn for the day when its white hats sit atop dope-heads. ®

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