FBI is Rethinking Comment on Pot Use and New Recruits

Director James Comey's attempt at a joke has left some not laughing.
1:28 | 05/21/14

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Times humor is the hardest thing just ask FBI director James coming today his attempt at a joke about marijuana backfired. And backfired big time. ABC's senior justice correspondent now on the punchline gone wrong. The FBI has long been known as the strait -- just the -- laden in depicted in the ABC classic TV show. They -- under arrest currently if you smoked marijuana in the past three years you need not apply to the FB. But a bit of a buzz has been created. After FBI director James -- was asked on Monday. If the FBI would hire a talented computer -- -- smokes pot and response -- said I have to hire our great workforce to compete with those cyber criminals. And some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview. Does that mean the FBI is considering -- change in his pot policy today the FBI can radically said hold on. The FBI director said those comments were partly in -- I am determined. Not to lose my sense of humor. But unfortunately there I was trying to be both serious and funny I -- absolute dead set against using marijuana I don't want young people use marijuana. It's against the law but I did not say that I'm gonna change that -- I said I have to grapple with the change in my workforce. Some members of congress were not laughing -- that all this smoke might confuse young people. Pierre Thomas ABC news Washington.

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