Hi all. Unsure as to whether I should accept a conditional offer considering possible automatic unsuitable.
Applied for non-officer position within DHS/CBP. Was told previously that only drug use within 1-year was automatically disqualifying, but when looking today, realized the website cites 2 years. The time in question is a use of marijuana in mid-August 2017, putting it at 23 months prior to application and 24+ months by the time I’d be called in for a poly.
Two questions: 1, is this automatically disqualifying? I took steps to mitigate consequences (i.e. never went back to house where that party was located at, didn’t purchase weed the night of, no longer have contact with any of the people there & immediately cut ties with those who brought the weed), but since it occurred 23 months prior to application, I’m not sure if this matters.
2, am I better off turning down the conditional offer? I.e., will this affect future applications and clearance processes in the government, in particular non-DHS agencies?