So I’ll just lay it out. I applied for and was granted a Secret Clearance August of 2017. I have just got a new job and it will require a Top Secret w/ Poly. I am filling out the SF86 form now.
When I had filled out my Secret SF86 form, I did not disclose trying marijuana one or two times in the last 7 years. Since it was less than 5 times spread over 7 years I didn’t not consider it relevant at the time. (huge mistake, I know.). I also while on vacation June of 2018 tried a 5 mg THC gummy while having my Secret Clearance. I absolutely hated the feeling, and will never try it again.
Now filling out the form for Top Secret, I am disclosing these instances, full truth. I know this may put the TSI in jeopardy, but I understand the gravity of the question now. I guess what I want to know is if there anything I can do to help mitigate the concerns? I have no criminal history, debts, or any drug use/misuse. I’m kind of freaking out, and looking for a path forward. In the SF86 form (not yet submitted) I put the following statement:
“Between June/2014 (est). and June 2018 I intermittently tried THC (marijuana) under the following circumstances. All substances were purchased by another person in California or Colorado, based on legal state purchasing laws.
6/2014 (est): Experimented smoking marijuana one time during a party at home with alcohol. Felt no effect, did not try again.
6/2016 (est): Experimented with THC tincture and vaping once or twice, did not enjoy effect and never tried again.
6/2018: While on a family vacation tried one 5 mg edible gummy and did not enjoy effect. Decided not to experiment with THC in the future.”