The FBI Says It Can’t hire Hackers because They All Smoke Pot

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The Internet can be a treacherous place.

So treacherous, that in order to meet the mounting cybersecurity challenges posed by hackers, Congress has tasked the FBI with hiring some 2,000 new recruits to fight computer-related crimes.

But the hiring process has hit an unforeseen snag: the FBI’s drug testing policies are making it nearly impossible for them to hire hackers with enough skills to best the cyber-criminals the feds are trying to take down.

“I am absolutely dead set against using marijuana,” FBI director James Comey told those in attendance at a senate hearing on the bureau’s oversight, “I don’t want young people to use marijuana. It’s against the law. We have a three-year ban on marijuana.”

The strict rules against cannabis put in place by Comey’s FBI have drastically reduced the applicant pool for the 2,000 positions the bureau has to fill.

The most talented hackers are taking more lucrative and more weed-tolerant positions at private cybersecurity firms.

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said.

It’s no secret that the federal government is having a hard time hiring cybersecurity experts.

According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Comey said that in order to effectively combat so-called cyber criminals, the government would essentially have to allow government hackers use marijuana.

With more lucrative opportunities elsewhere, few talented applicants seem willing to set aside their habit just to work for the feds.

“[We have] the government hiring practices of the 1940s and 50s in the 21st century,” Gregory Wilshusen, director of information at the General Accountability Office, told reporters.

The agency’s current regulations forbid hiring someone who has “smoked” marijuana in the last three years.

Although there’s nothing in the bylaws which stipulate other forms of cannabis consumption, like dabs or edibles, wouldn’t be allowed, it seems the spirit of the regulation is a ban on buds across the board.

Because of the problems it is facing trying to find talented cybersecurity experts to work for the government, the FBI may have to begin considering relaxing its restrictions on cannabis and taking a closer look at hiring practices.

Comey, however, has stated he will not relax the current policies: “I did not say that I’m going to change that ban. I said I have to grapple with the change in my workforce.”

Even so, the agency is requesting that interested applicants should apply whether or not they’ve recently gotten stoned.


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Colorado will use cannabis tax to help homeless

Major Colorado City will use $1.5 million cannabis tax revenues to help the homeless. 

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Aurora city officials want to use the drugs sales tax for so-called ‘one-time uses’ Reuters 

Aurora, the third largest city in the state, will donate funds to organisations which help low-income people with housing and community services  

One of the largest cities in Colorado is donating millions of dollars raised by taxes on marijuana sales to local non-profit organisations which help the homeless.

Aurora will use a significant portion of the $4.5 million revenue from recreational cannabis to fund the Colfax Community Network, which helps low-income families to live in motels, apartments and provides food, clothing, hygiene products and nappies, as well as other local programmes.

A total of $1.5 million of the revenue has been earmarked for homeless efforts in the 2017 and 2018 city budgets, in addition to the $1.5 million already approved for the 2016 budget.

Colorado has already given the non-profit around $220,000 to assist with operating expenses, part of a two-year plan to deal with homelessness in the state’s third largest city.

“The Colfax Community Network is in extremely dire straits in that they do not have funds to continue operating,” Nancy Sheffield, director of Aurora neighbourhood services, told the Aurora Sentinel.

The Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health will also be equipped with a van for their homeless outreach programs, along with two outreach workers each.

An Aurora Housing Authority landlord coordinator will now work full time instead of part time, thanks to a city allocation of $45,000. This position is vital as landlords are often reluctant to accept previously homeless people as tenants.

Council members are also considering a day center for the homeless, a place where they could wash their clothes, take a shower and receive mental health services.

Normally funded by revenue from red-light cameras, the sales revenue from cannabis has come as a welcome relief for non-profits, according to the Denver Post.

“We wanted to be able to show citizens that we are having a positive impact on the community and point to specific projects or initiatives to where that money is going to,” said city councilman Bob Roth.

Recreational sales of the drug started in October 2014, the first state to legalize recreational drug use. There are now at least 20 dispensaries in the city, but the number of marijuana licences is capped at 24.

Aurora city officials forecasted that pot revenue would double from $2.65 million in 2015 to $5.4 million in 2016. Revenue from cannabis is expected to clock in $6.4 million in 2017, but should remain flat from 2018 to 2020 once all the dispensary licences are used up.

In March Los Angeles also proposed to fund housing for homeless people through a tax on pot, which is estimated to bring in an annual $16.7 million.


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AAA says no Scientific Basis for roadside Marijuana tests

Automotive association of America study Says tests for Driving While Impaired By Marijuana Have No Scientific Basis.

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FILE – In this April 2, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator waves a flag with marijuana leaves on it during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana, outside of the White House in Washington. Six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests for driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US- According to a recent study by the nation’s largest automobile association, the six states that currently have legal tests to determine if a person is driving high or not should consider getting rid of their laws saying that “that have no scientific basis.”
The study commissioned by the 3A’s safety foundation claims it is not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC,[the chemical in marijuana that gets you high] at least one that can reliably determine a persons impairment. Yet at the moment the legal limit for THC in Washington and Colorado is still set at .5 ug/L, and there’s no science that shows drivers become impaired at any specific level of THC in the blood. A lot depends upon the individual drivers with relatively high levels of THC in their systems might not be impaired, especially if they are long time regular users, while others with relatively low levels may actually be unsafe behind the wheel. At the moment five of six states that have legalized marijuana automatically presume a driver guilty if that person tests higher than the limit, and not guilty if it’s lower. As a result, drivers who are unsafe may be going free while others may be being wrongly convicted.

“There’s no science that shows drivers become impaired at a specific level of THC in the blood. A lot depends upon the individual. Drivers with relatively high levels of THC in their systems might not be impaired, especially if they are regular users, while others with relatively low levels may be unsafe behind the wheel.”

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A comparison of lane weaving observed in a simulated driving study between common legal drunk driving limits (BrAC) and the blood concentration of THC that produce a similar amount of lane weaving.

The automotive foundation’s recommendation was to scrap the laws in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington even as legislatures in several more states are considering adopting similar laws.
Just last year in a first-of-its-kind study at University of Iowa researchers concluded that the effects of inhaled cannabis only had no significant impairment on driving performance.

The AAA recommends replacing the current laws with ones that rely on the discretion of specially trained police officers to determine if a driver is impaired or not, then backed up by a test for the presence of THC rather than the charge being based only on a specific threshold. The foundation said that Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington should consider scrapping their laws even as several more states consider adopting similar ones.

“There is understandably a strong desire by both lawmakers and the public to create legal limits for marijuana impairment in the same manner we do alcohol,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s president and CEO. “In the case of marijuana, this approach is flawed and not supported by scientific research.”

Nine states have zero-tolerance laws for driving and marijuana that make not only the presence of THC in a driver’s blood illegal, but also the presence of its metabolites, which can linger for weeks after use.

“That makes no sense” according to Mark A. R. Kleiman, a New York University professor specializing in issues involving drugs and criminal policy. he says “A law against driving with THC in your bloodstream is not a law you can know you are obeying except by never smoking marijuana or never driving” rather than switching to a new kind of law as AAA recommends, states should consider simply making it a minor traffic violation.
“Using marijuana and driving roughly doubles the risk of a crash” Kleiman said. “By comparison, talking on a hands-free cellphone while driving quadruples crash risk”. “Where as a blood alcohol content of .12, which is about the median amount in drunk driving case, increases crash risk by about 15 times.. Driving with a noisy child in the back of the car is about as dangerous as using marijuana.”

The exception is when a driver has both been using marijuana and drinking alcohol because the two substances together greatly heighten impairment. Tim Brown from the study conducted at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) found drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who used either substance independently. However, the cocktail of alcohol and marijuana does not double the effect of the impairment as some others have proclaimed.

“What we saw was an additive effect, not a synergistic effect, when we put them together,” says Tim Brown, associate research scientist at NADS and co-author of the study. “You get what you expect if you take alcohol and cannabis and merge them together.”

The Automotive association also released a second study that found the share of drivers in fatal crashes who had recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized it for recreational use in December 2012. From 2013 to 2014, the share of drivers who had recently used marijuana rose from 8 percent to 17 percent. While it stopped short of connecting the statistics directly, the AAA traffic safety director Jake Nelson said traffic fatalities went up 6 percent in Washington during that same while the fatalities nationally had declined. We all know that driving impaired on any substance is dumb and unsafe, however these recent studies go a long way in proving what many stoners have said for sometime and that is that smoking marijuana effects your driving ability far less then drink booze, sexting, doing make up, or attempting to beat rush-hour traffic eating a burrito in a thunderstorm, which would be perfectly legal in all 50 states.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/study-scientific-basis-laws-marijuana-driving-38998447

http://now.uiowa.edu/2015/06/ui-studies-impact-marijuana-driving

 

 


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Elderly Disabled Veteran Sentenced to Die in Prison for Medical Marijuana

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in the case of Lee Carroll Brooker, an elderly veteran who is now serving a mandatory life sentence for growing his own medical marijuana.

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The 75-year-old disabled veteran from Alabama had prior offenses in Florida from two decades ago, so when he was sentenced for growing approximately three dozen marijuana plants for his own use, he was hit with a mandatory life without parole sentence. Alabama, like three other states, has a mandatory sentence for marijuana possession with prior felony convictions.

Brooker maintained, and the state did not argue, that the plants were being grown for his own personal use dealing with his multiple chronic illnesses — yet he was charged with drug trafficking.

As he was growing the plants on his son’s property, his son Darren Lee Brooker was also charged. His sentence however was much lighter, five years of probation with a suspended five year prison sentence that will be dismissed as long as he does not violate his probation.

By any reasonable modern measure, imposing the second most severe punishment in the American justice system for such a minor crime as marijuana possession violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishments,” Jesse Wegman asserted in the New York Times.

Even the sentencing judge claimed that he would have imposed a shorter sentence if he could have, and the state’s chief justice Roy Moore called the ruling “excessive and unjustified.” Yet, despite medical marijuana being legal in many states, and the majority of Americans supporting its legalization, the Supreme Court would not even consider reducing Brooker’s sentence.

“The court has already banned mandatory death sentences andmandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, both on the grounds that the Eighth Amendment must adapt to the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” By that standard, and given rapidly evolving public opinion on marijuana, no one should be sent to prison forever for possessing a small amount of marijuana for medical or personal use,” the Times editorial continued.

Currently, there are over 3,200 people who are serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes, the ACLU wrote in their report on the issue titled; “A Living Death.”

Opinion: How Canada, Ireland, Mexico Are Signaling the End of the Drug War

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“On November 4, Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was sworn into office. Trudeau and the Liberal Party promise to legalize marijuana in Canada, which would make it only the second country to formally legalize the sale and consumption of cannabis. (Uruguay became the first, in 2013 — contrary to popular belief, pot is not technically legal in the Netherlands, but it is tolerated).

On November 3, the Irish government announced decriminalization of not just marijuana but also heroin and cocaine. The chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy told the papers there was a “strong consensus that drugs across the board should be decriminalised.”

… users and addicts would no longer be locked up for their personal consumption. The results from Portugal’s decriminalization of all drugs in 2001 have been extremely extraordinary: deaths, addiction, and HIV infections from drugs have all dropped precipitously.

On November 5, the criminal chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the country’s ban on marijuana was unconstitutional and found that individuals have a right to grow, possess, and use marijuana.”

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