Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A Brick From the Wall, Pt.1

Some shockingly sensible news out of the FBI today: officials for the bureau are now saying that they are considering overlooking some minor past illegal drug use when considering new hires. It seems the strict policies currently in place are forcing them to overlook some highly (!) qualified candidates. As casual and responsible drug use has become more common, it's getting harder and harder to find a college-educated person who hasn't at least experimented with illegal drugs to some degree. If this kind of mentality can start to expand into other areas of governance and policy, we could see a welcome shift in the "offical" attitude towards drug use.

"What people did when they were 18 or 21, I think that is pretty irrelevant," said Richard A. Clarke, a former top White House counterterrorism adviser. "We have to recognize there are a couple of generations now who regarded marijuana use, while it's technically illegal, as nothing more serious than jaywalking."

You're preaching to the choir, baby.


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