Recently, Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of recreational marijuana under their state law. In addition, 20 states plus the District of Columbia have also legalized the use of marijuana for medical conditions, likewise under their state law. Despite the legalization of marijuana under state law, federal statute specifically prohibits CIA and other agencies from granting security clearances to users of controlled substances, including marijuana. Further, the use of marijuana and other controlled substances in violation of federal law remains a possible disqualifying criterion under Intelligence Community clearance eligibility standards. Regardless of whether an individual is located in a state that has legalized marijuana or in a foreign country where local laws allow it, and regardless of whether the Department of Justice enforces applicable federal criminal prohibitions in those jurisdictions, any use of marijuana may adversely impact that individual’s eligibility for a security clearance.
The DEA and its partners have also aided in foreign investigations in four countries coordinated by Europol. It has been reported that the majority of underground anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs are manufactured and trafficked from underground labs in China. These underground labs often have finished steroid products, raw steroid powder, oils required for steroid conversion to a finished product, conversion kits, and various lab equipment. These products are often obtained through the internet from Chinese chemical manufacturing companies and underground labs.