Pentagon reviewing Elon Musk's federal security clearance

Pentagon reviewing Elon Musk's federal security clearance
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The Department of Defense is reviewing SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's security clearance after Musk smoked marijuana on comedian Joe Rogan's show in September, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing a U.S. official. 

Musk refiled his SF-86 security form, in which he would have to disclose his any use of illegal drugs over the past seven years, the official said. Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, reportedly has secret-level clearance because of his role at SpaceX. 

A SpaceX official told Bloomberg that the company hasn't been affected by the audit and that its day-to-day operations are spearheaded by president and COO Gwynne Shotwell.


A Defense Department spokesperson declined to comment to The Hill on Musk's case specifically, citing security and privacy reasons. The Pentagon did not immediately respond to an email asking about drug use and security clearance in general. SpaceX did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. 

A person with knowledge of the situation told CNBC that the review of Musk's clearance was “normal"

“Anyone with a security clearance would go through this investigation process in the same way,” the person reportedly said.

People with security clearances are not allowed to smoke marijuana, according to CNBC.