Lying About Marijuana Use: A Cover Worse Than the Crime

Elisabeth M. Baker-Pham, associate with DC employment law firm KCNFKCNF’s Elisabeth Baker-Pham discusses why lying about marijuana use on a security clearance application can be disqualifying, given that false statements “strike at the heart” of the process.

In an article published on, Baker-Pham explains that “an applicant with a history of illegal drug use can still be eligible for a clearance, depending on certain factors such as the amount of time since their last use and establishing that they will not use illegal drugs in the future. An applicant who lied about their prior drug use, however, will have to work much harder and much longer to prove that they can be trusted.”

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