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How far back in time does "recent past" mean in the following sentence when applied to law enforcement?

Have you used Marijuana or any illicit narcotics within the recent past?

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This probably isn't the best place to come for legal advice, dude. –  benzado Sep 7 '11 at 6:01
    
In this particular case it probably means within the last few weeks. In other contexts it might be the last few days, or the last few months. I doubt if there are any contexts where it might mean the last few hours, but as @simchona says, it could be or years or even decades somtimes. –  FumbleFingers Sep 8 '11 at 21:38
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It may also mean recently enough that we can detect it when you pee in a cup. But it depends on the context.

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In any case, it's in your best interest to act as if this is what that means. –  Jeremy Sep 7 '11 at 4:05
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