Originally Posted by ragingclue
Also, having smoked pot in the past was not a problem for me when I was looking into it. However, I'm not sure if my specific military background and existing TS/SCI had something to do with that.... As far as I know, the automatic DQ is if you've used drugs in the 12 months prior to your submission, and any use prior to that is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If your portfolio is good enough, they won't give a half a shit that you smoked bud in the distant past.
This definitely makes a lot more practical sense. I was relaying what an FBI agent who spoke a class a few years ago told me in the context of both agencies following similar procedures.