Purchase for Intended Profit of "Another"...Who's "Another?"

Regarding the below question (Part B of Sec. 21 on SF85P):

“In the last 7 years, have you been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, or sale of any narcotic, depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen, or cannabis, for your own intended profit or that of another?

Previously I’ve assumed this question was asking about purchasing drugs with the intent to make money for yourself or your friends (i.e., drug dealing, reselling…), and have answered “No” while admitting to the use of drugs that I purchased in “legal” states for solely private personal consumption and no reselling.

HOWEVER, does the question wording technically include ANY purchase of drugs, even for private use, such as marijuana at a dispensary in a “legal” state? I ask because inherently any “purchase” results in profits for “another”, in my example scenario the “other” party is the dispensary.

I would love to hear from investigators on how this question is interpreted.

Purchase of marijuana is federally illegal, even if purchased in a state where legal.

Would be more concerned with my ‘no’ answer than the parsing out of the definition of ‘profit of another.’

“for another” means working for or with someone else who will financially gain from your “illegal purchase, manufacture, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, or sale of any narcotic, depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen, or cannabis”

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So if person A bought and used it for themselves and did not give it or sell it to anyone else, would they answer yes to this question?

The reason for that question is to see if you have been involved in manufacturing/trafficking/selling for profit. So, if you have “only” consumed for personal use, then the answer to this question would be No. I don’t have the form handy but I know there are questions that address personal use.

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edit: venting*. sorry for the typos.

Thank you all for the responses thus far, yes this was my question as well, it seems sapguy answered it.

To make matters even less clear, I was also give the supplemental to the SF85P, “Additional Questions for Public Trust Positions-Branching” and on this form, question 11 is written:

“In the last seven years, have you been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, cultivation, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, handling or sale of any drug or controlled substance?”

The only difference between this question and the one above seems to be the “intended profit” part. So
in response to fed-investigator, I have freely admitted to purchasing, by answering the above question “yes”, but it’s different, while being similar to, the Q I originally asked about.

The government takes these forms so seriously, you would think they would hire professional grammar/proofreaders to avoid such confusion. I’m ventigg here, but the process seems unnecessarily confusing for those trying to be honest.

What agency is this for? if you don’t mind answering

IT’s for HHS/NIH. The thing tells me post must be at least 20 characters so am just adding this so I can post :).

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When you buy for personal use, you are NOT buying for the seller to make a profit, you are buying so that you have something to smoke. When I fill the tank on my car, I am not buying gas so that Exxon makes a profit. I’m buying gas so that I don’t end up stuck on the side of the road.

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