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#1 Posted : Saturday, September 11, 2021 5:57:02 PM(UTC)

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My two cents:

1. Marijuana use as described is no big deal... four years since last use.
2. Eight year old DUI is no big deal.
3. The 72-hour hold incident is a bit more serious but there are a number of people with similar incidents in their past who have been cleared.

To me the issue is the combination of all three incidents which kinda sorta have a substance abuse theme. Be sure to have any contact info for the therapists/psychiatrists and the facility, the investigator will want this, along with precise dates that this took place. Same for the DUI. As for how you would 'explain' this I guess you just have to show that you have not had any such incidents for several years now and are living a more responsible life.

Be prepared for lots of questions about your current alcohol intake and most recent drug use. I'm sure all investigators have stories of folks who swear up and down they havent touched it in years but after a few questions they admit to "well there was this one other time..." so they will need to try to nail these details down.
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#2 Posted : Saturday, September 11, 2021 8:13:26 PM(UTC)

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Thank you for the response. As I mentioned, no marijuana abuse for over 4 years. I might have a glass of wine with dinner or a beer every now and again but In haven't drunk to excess since the incident.

Exact contact information could be tricky; the psychiatrist is no longer listed online and I don't know his first name. How critical would this information be?

All these details accounted for, do you think I have a good chance at getting the clearance? I know it's case-by-case, but does it seem like the mitigating factors will be enough to quash concern?
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