A few weeks ago I submitted an SF-85 to work as a contractor for a (non-security-related) agency within DHS. I was truthful about my sporadic (<10 times) marijuana usage over the past year--most recently about a month prior to when I submitted my form. I indicated my intent to cease illegal drug usage, particularly while working on a federal government contract.
I received two e-mails from my adjudicator, asking me to fill out a form indicating the frequency, circumstances, etc. of drug use, and asking for information regarding when I started working on the contract and whether I have been using any government equipment. (My adjudicator's e-mail signature included a quote from a rapper who has videos of him smoking weed easily viewable online, natch.)
I plan to answer the inquiries honestly, but am wondering what I can say to increase the likelihood of my being granted the position of public trust, and what my overall chances of getting the position might be. I will likely be applying for another position of public trust for my company's contract with another government agency (non-DHS), and so I am also wondering if certain agencies have more lax adjudication criteria, and whether it might make sense to withdraw my application for the one with DHS to avoid getting rejected and having a "ding" against me in the other agency's eyes.
Thanks for your help--this is a very murky area, and I appreciate the wisdom of people who know their way around it.