I was implying nothing of the sort. I was just asking a yes-no question.
In fact I believe in giving people a second chance. However, there's a big difference between a felony and a misdemeanor, depending on the crime. A felony could be car theft (although it's classified as a misdemeanor in some states) or rape or assault.
A misdemeanor might mean a threat of violence that was not carried out. A felony might mean a threat of violence that was carried out. Would you want to hire someone who was convicted of violent assault?
I'm not discounting every possible person, but when you compare someone who has no record of violence with someone who has a record of violence, there's a clear distinction and an obvious preference to go with the non violent person.
Drugs frankly are a completely different category from what I consider real crimes. We should just decriminalize or legalize drugs completely, and stop wasting time and resources on it.
That said, if someone is a cocaine addict I definitely wouldn't want him or her in my organization, especially if he had access to valuable information or resources that he could sell to pay for his next week of fixes.