I will be going for a TS/SCI with Poly. The question I have is that I have used marijuana 2 times in the last 2 years. The last time being 11 months ago. Other than that I haven’t used it since High School 13 years ago. Will this affect my outcome, and will I be granted the clearance. The job is with the private sector.

Some folks on this forum with more direct experience involving processing security clearances have commented that drug use when you’re a kid is one thing, doing it when you’re older is another. If you’ve been out of high school for 13 years you’re about 30 or so.

So there’s the issue of use within the past 12 months, then there’s the issue of using again after a long break.

About the only thing you can do is be honest about it and be prepared to answer some questions.

Be honest. Polys are used to fret out inconsistencies and press further. Be up front from the beginning and it will not come back to bite you later.

You don’t have to wait for the poly for that. The investigator doing the subject interview can start doing some of this.