The FBI is reviewing its policy that prohibits the use of CBD

Published May 8, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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So, you have figured out what type of career you want, and you are looking towards the FBI as a lifestyle, career, and your future. Unfortunately, the CBD flower that you might be using today to keep pain from an old injury at bay and from interfering in your life might be just enough to disqualify you from the opportunity.

You have chosen a career with the motto fidelity, integrity, and bravery

FBI jobs come with requirements and strict policies.

  • Age being one, as the applicants must be between 23 and 36 years old
  • Education requirements include a bachelor’s degree achieved from a credited U.S. university or college
  • Work experience is also a requirement. One must have had a minimum of two years of professional work experience. This time can be reduced to one year if you have an advanced degree (Masters or higher)
  • Policy practices at the FBI academy forbid members from using cannabis in any form, including the medical CBD flower

The FBI commits to a drug-free workplace and society. The applicant's or members' use of cannabis in any of the various forms, including hashish, hash oil, CBD, and THC, whether for recreational or medical use, is not acceptable. Even if the applicant has a prescription from a practicing doctor, this cannot be a reason for cannabis use, as it is not a mitigating factor. The current policy is zero tolerance.

Perhaps the FBI is relinquishing some of the power they have over the member's lives by permitting them to have a voice in the medication that they use. The FBI has taken a positive turn towards the use of cannabinol by way of reviewing the internal policies that are currently in place for employees and agents.  Their position regarding cannabis is a complete zero tolerance because federally, it is an illegal drug with Schedule I classification.

The member or agent can be disqualified from the agency if found to have consumed marijuana within the past three years. Over that time, some questions have arisen as to why a person who has a medical card prescription for cannabis cannot use the medicine within three years of applying for FBI jobs.


CBD flower from the cannabis plant is a non-psychoactive medicine, which shouldn’t impair the consumer. Federally, cannabis is not legal in the United States of America. However, December 2018 saw Congress pass the Farm Bill. This bill legalized industrial hemp after years of prohibition. One of the products produced from the cannabis plant, is the CBD flower, a potent natural medicine that remains banned at the federal level.

James Comey, the agency's former director, has been noted for his wish in 2014 that the FBI would begin to loosen the marijuana employment policies surrounding cannabis. Mr. Comey explained his desires as an opportunity for needed upcoming FBI jobs to include some of the kids who today may have smoked a little pot in their time. These kids know how to help the FBI fight the cyberwar, and their use of cannabis is prohibiting this. The FBI is losing valuable potential members and agents, and this may be a good way to tackle the problem.

While we wait to see the results of this internal policy review, if the FBI is your dream or it’s part of your future plan to have a position in the Domestic Intelligence and Security Service of the United States of America,  then you might want to avoid any puff puff pass action.

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