I received a SOR stating drug use and criminal conduct. I’d previously been granted a clearance in 2009. When my renewal came up I admitted to having occasionally used marijuana. As far back as 2010 and as recently as March 2019. These were all uses abroad or in states that have legalized, I did not purchase or possess it, I used it in social settings. I stated to using it quarterly or monthly but in honesty that’s an overstatement and it was far less than that, I was trying to overstate my use instead of understating it and being accused of lieing. I’d also stated I was mature and aware at the time of use, which having recurved a SOR means I obviously wasn’t mature enough. I also stated I would intend to use it again if it became legal in my State. I also got charged but not doing guilty of possession of marijuana back in 2005 because a friend had it in the car while I was driving.
Along with character references from my superiors what is the best way to mitigate my security concerns. I will sign a statement of intent never to use again, offer to have my clearance immediately revoked. I’m currently acting in a leadership position, I’m an active member of the community at my base, I served in the Peace corps and have moved away from the city and thus any acquaintances who use marijuana.
How can I best make my case not to be denied a clearance?