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Report: Elon Musk's security clearance 'under review'

by Justin King

The executive holds a secret-level clearance for his work at SpaceX.

The Pentagon is reportedly reviewing Elon Musk's security clearance, according to Bloomberg.

An unnamed US official said Musk has refiled his SF-86 security form, which requires applicants to disclose any illegal drug use. The executive holds a 'secret' clearance for his role at SpaceX.

The report points out that Musk smoked a spliff on a recorded podcast interview with Joe Rogan, suggesting he will be required to disclose the incident. The video was shot in California where cannabis is legal for recreational use, despite remaining off limits according to federal law.

Bloomberg implies that Musk may have had to refile the SF-86 form due to marijuana use and raises uncertainty surrounding his eligibility. To be clear, however, drug use is not necessarily a disqualifying factory (if properly disclosed) and it is unclear if the "refile" may be simply tied to the standard reinvestigations that occur every decade for anyone who holds a secret-level clearance.

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