CBD Use 'Automatic Disqualifier' For FBI Applicants
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CBD Use 'Automatic Disqualifier' For FBI Applicants

FBI officials from Denver said individuals must wait at least one year from their last CBD or cannabis consumption to apply for a role with the agency.

September 2, 2022

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said cannabis and CBD use “is an automatic disqualifier” for job applicants, even in state-legal markets.

FBI Denver posted a job opportunity to Twitter Aug. 25 for an FBI Contract Linguist. The Tweet welcomed people to interact in a live chat where individuals could ask questions about the open position.

One individual asked, “Marijuana and CBD are legal in Colorado, but I was told I cannot apply to the FBI if I use them. Why?”

FBI Denver responded, “Although the use of marijuana & CBD may be legal at the state level, their use is an automatic disqualifier for FBI employees and contractors. You must wait for at least one year from your last use of CBD or marijuana before applying to the FBI.”

FBI officials said their response was explicitly related to the FBI Contract Linguist position and did not apply to the entire FBI; however, “their response was in line with their current employment policy on cannabis as a whole,” ClearanceJobs reported.

According to the FBI’s employment eligibility guidelines, “Candidates cannot have used marijuana or cannabis in any form (natural or synthetic) and in any location (domestic or foreign) within the one year preceding the date of their application for employment.”

The guide does not mention cannabidiol (CBD).