I’ve not used weed in 15 years, and that was just a few recreational use times, so I’m not well-versed in the laws regarding it. However, I do have a general impression on US laws.
Posession of MJ seems to be less an issue with law officials than distribution. If you have over a certain amount, it’s assumed you were intending to distribute it and are charged as such.
Laws against drug use are at the state level; the US gov’t is concerned with importation, sale, and distribution. IIRC, two states have legalized or decriminalized possesion and use. But of course, in these states if you want to get some, you’re going to violate the US statutes. If you have a green thumb, you might try growing your own. But by the time you have a big enough plant to harvest, you’ve also passed the distribution threshhold.
Admitting to MJ use long after the fact doesn’t seem to stir too much controversy. Our last president admitted to using it (although not inhaling :rolleyes: ). For gov’t security clearances, they ask you about past drug use (they test you to make sure you currently don’t use, though). They don’t want to weed out (no pun intended) people with a past (who doesn’t have one?); they’re really looking for the truth. That way, if you happen to be in an influential position and one of your pot-smoking buddies from 1966 tries to blackmail you, you can shrug it off. (Also asked are any sexual “habits” you might have. )
Although I wouldn’t want a country full of MJ users, the criminalization of it is doing exactly what Prohibition did in the 1920’s.