Looking for some advice here for someone new to the govt contracting/ security clearance world.
I recently decided I’m ready for a career change, and intelligence work has always interested me. After applying for a position with a contractor, I (surprisingly) am now at the next juncture, where I’ve been asked for pre-screening information to start processing for a ts/sci with full scope poly.
As much as I would love to proceed, I have major concerns about the security process.
I rarely drink, have excellent work history and references, a completely clean background and seemingly boring life except for the fact that I use cannabis tincture to manage anxiety and insomnia. I grew up with a bipolar mom and no dad, and no siblings to help with my mom, so anxiety has been a large part of my life, even into adulthood.
The first time I tried cannabis was in my second year of college - previous to that I never did anything/ didn’t event drink in high school, and didn’t use cannabis regularly until about six years ago (2014). It is decriminalized where I live but I understand the federal law is what stands here. I literally add tincture to my tea at home- that’s the extend of my use.
My question is- should I even try to go forward with this process? I’m worried that being denied will hurt my future chances of this line of work and perhaps it’s just better to decline this opportunity now, stop, wait for a year or so (or more?) and then apply.
Should I just drop out of the process? Should I share this (trust) the recruiter for advice?
Please advise, thank you all in advance for your help.