Pass the dutchie. The FBI seems to be struggling to hire hackers that don’t smoke weed. It seems that the big majority of hackers do smoke weed, and that the FBI does want to hire them but they can not as they smoke marijuana.
This is a big threshold for the FBI as they will miss high qualified hackers because of the marijuana policy.
It is not an odd idea that the FBI will put effort in working together with the Dutch hacking scene as smoking weed is allowed in The Netherlands.
Hackers in The Netherlands will have no record of marijuana use as this is not recorded.
Weed smoking hackers
It is possible that a company or the FBI will ask you to do a integrity test. The problem with the test is that it follows the U.S. policy and the Dutch culture is way different than the U.S. culture. The answers during the integrity test will be different as they are taken in different countries. Gizmodo published an article on how ART, Science and THC can work together.
A study in mice suggested that based on the connection between palatable food and stimulation of dopamine (DA) transmission in the shell of the nucleus accumbens (NAc), cannabis may not only stimulate taste, but possibly the hedonic (pleasure) value of food as well. The study later demonstrates habitual use of THC lessening this heightened pleasure response, indicating a possible similarity in humans. The inconsistency between DA habituation and enduring appetite observed after THC application suggests that cannabis-induced appetite stimulation is not only mediated by enhanced pleasure from palatable food, but through THC stimulation of another appetitive response as well. – Via Wikipedia
Out-of-the-box hacking solutions
The fun factor on this case is that some agencies and companies demand out-of-the-box solutions. It is proven that some people provide better work when they are under the influence of tetrahydrocannabinol. Would it harm the agencies if they would actively hire weed smoking hackers which have the right qualifications?!
What do you think?
Would you mind to work with a cyber security expert that smokes weed?
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