I have an active TS clearance and am due for my reinvestigation in November of this year. My girlfriend and I have been discussing moving in together in April. However, she has been offered a position at a lab that tests cannabis products and would be required to handle very small samples under laboratory conditions. We live in California where it has been legalized, so such labs are popping up all over the place and provide excellent opportunities in her field along with great pay and benefits. She and I both recognize that, despite the fact that neither of us are users of any cannabis products, her involvement in such a laboratory may present problems for my clearance.
This situation seems to me like a weird grey area since I’m not the one handling it and it’s in a laboratory setting. I do, however, see that there would definitely be an issue if she worked in a dispensary because they are directly involved with the sale of the products, so I can see labs potentially being an issue as well. But I’ve also read that the FDA has approved testing of cannabis-derived products, which seems like it would be a mitigating factor in my situation. So I guess I’m in need of advice. Should she turn down the job because this an enormous no-no? Or is there a possibility that this is a situation that would be considered okay? I’m certainly hoping for the latter. Even though I know she’d understand, I’d hate to have to tell her she can’t take a such an excellent opportunity if we’re going to live together. I personally don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to be trusted with sensitive information because my girlfriend works in a lab that tests cannabis products, especially if I report it and the investigator knows about it, but I don’t want to put myself in jeopardy of having my clearance revoked. What’s the proper course of action here?