CIA Says People Who Use Marijuana And Other Drugs Aren’t Necessarily ‘Bad’ Or ‘Unworthy’

CIA Says People Who Use Marijuana And Other Drugs Aren’t Necessarily ‘Bad’ Or ‘Unworthy’

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said on Thursday that it doesn’t necessarily believe using illegal drugs makes you a bad person. The new comments came in response to question submitted as part of its ongoing “Ask Molly” series. “I would love to join CIA, but I’ve done illegal drugs in the past,” the person, writing under the name “Eager to Serve,” said. They asked whether there’s “any path forward for me at CIA.” The agency’s reply emphasized that those applying to work there could still get a job if they admit to such activity, as long as they haven’t consumed any illicit substances within the past year. Given the traditionally harsh position the federal government has taken on illegal drugs and people who consume them, the agency’s response—which pointed out that past substance use “does not immediately disqualify you from working at CIA”—was somewhat surprisingly friendly and open-minded. CIA acknowledged that the broad anti-drug policy may seem “archaic” at a time when more states are legalizing marijuana, but said it was necessary for national security purposes. Even so, the agency made a point of explaining that it does not consider prior drug use to be a moral failing. “I’m not asserting that those who have experimented with drugs are in some way bad or unworthy, but a willingness to break federal law to engage in illicit drug use can be used as a measure of someone’s fitness to hold a security clearance,” the post states. “It should be noted that…

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