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Investing in certain products can jeopardize a security clearance

With an ever growing number of states, including Pennsylvania, allowing the purchase of marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes, it may seem like now would be the time to invest in the business. Even so, marijuana continues to be illegal at the federal level. For this reason, those who have or are applying for a security clearance could find this turns out to be a bad move. 

Most people are aware of the fact that drug usage jeopardizes the receipt or retention of a security clearance, but it may come as a surprise that simply investing in the industry could do the same. Military members in particular recently received advice not to engage in this activity, even in a passive manner. Not only does it have to do with a federally illegal drug, but it also casts doubt on those whose finances are tied up marijuana through investments.

A strict reading of the rules draws a comparison between investing in the marijuana industry and investing in a criminal enterprise. Obviously, this could prompt the Department of Defense to either revoke or deny a clearance. The fact that no state law is broken makes no difference.

If a security clearance applicant here in Pennsylvania has such a questionable investment, gaining an understanding of the potential repercussions is in order. For those who already have a clearance and are considering such an investment, not doing so would be the better course of action. If an individual already made such an investment before learning of the potential downfalls, discussing the matter with an experienced attorney could prove useful.

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