I am interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer in a few years. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and have been prescribed medications for the pain that are knowingly addictive. I have been considering transitioning to medical marijuana due to the large difference in long term side effects, and possibility of addiction. I understand current drug use does not allow one to pass the screening test. If I have a legitimate medical marijuana card and all the required documents/prescriptions, could I pass the screening test?
I'm not a green check mark but I would think if the federal government considers it illegal, the state's determination isn't going to override that.
From my understanding you may have difficultly obtaining world wide clearance if you are on certain medications, like opioids which it sounds like you are avoiding due to dependency concerns. People with ADHD that are on some of the stronger medications have been declined because the medication is so highly regulated it's not legal in some countries.
I would look into alternatives to managing through, stress management, diet, exercise, etc.
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. As such, the use of marijuana is illegal under federal law, regardless of the position of any given state or local government on the use of marijuana. Any State Department employee who tests positive for the usage of marijuana for any reason (including medical reasons) may be subject to disciplinary measures, up to and including, removal. Testing positive for marijuana during the applicant clearance process may result in a finding of unsuitability.
The Department of State conducts thorough security investigations of all candidates selected for the Foreign Service, and of all Civil Service applicants selected for positions requiring a security clearance of secret or above. The security clearance process is an effective pre-employment screening device for uncovering many problems bearing on applicant suitability (including current and/or past patterns of drug abuse). Pre-employment drug testing shall be required of all individuals selected for employment in positions with either a statutory or regulatory requirement for pre-employment drug testing.
It is not random.