Can an LVN student smoke weed if they have their cannabis card? - page 2

by hellobunny

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I just got accepted into the LVN program at Mission College in California and I'm apparently getting drug tested next week. I'm an avid marijuana user. I don't use for my "anger problems" or "anxiety/stress"... I use because... Read More


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    Quote from Sun0408
    Tricky topic, while it is legal in your state it is against company policy to test positive for "drugs". Chances are it is against school policy also. The BON is not to keen on this either. Hell many places will not hire you for smoking cigarettes.
    Very tricky. In the end if a positive test will ruin it for me I can just wait and apply in the fall. It was worth it to ask though. Thank you!
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    Quote from Sweet_Wild_Rose
    Just because it may be legal to do doesn't mean that schools can't reject students or hospitals not hire employees. Heck, half the hospitals in my county won't hire you if you test positive for nicotine- perfectly legal substance, as long as you're over 18. So, depending on school policy (and of any facility where you may participate in clinicals), yes, they may have grounds to deny you.
    Thanks for your input!
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    Quote from hellobunny
    Very tricky. In the end if a positive test will ruin it for me I can just wait and apply in the fall. It was worth it to ask though. Thank you!
    Another thing to consider is that once you get licensed as a nurse, if you fail a drug test you could be reported to the Board of Vocational Nursing for drug use...and unfortunately, the BVNPT does not look kindly upon THC users, even ones with legal pot cards in hand.

    Yes, I know this is way down the road...but it is something you should seriously consider.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    Another thing to consider is that once you get licensed as a nurse, if you fail a drug test you could be reported to the Board of Vocational Nursing for drug use...and unfortunately, the BVNPT does not look kindly upon THC users, even ones with legal pot cards in hand.

    Yes, I know this is way down the road...but it is something you should seriously consider.
    Definitely. Thanks so much. I guess I was given false hope from RN's who are medicinal marijuana smokers and who still keep their jobs even with the hospital knowing. But yes, if it comes down to it I'll have to stop and just go back to drinking high calorie alcoholic beverages once a week to keep up my caloric intake otherwise I'll wither down to nothing. My surgeon said marijuana or the alcoholic beverages were the most common ways for bariatric patients to maintain their weight. Yay me.
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    Quote from hellobunny
    Definitely. Thanks so much. I guess I was given false hope from RN's who are medicinal marijuana smokers and who still keep their jobs even with the hospital knowing. But yes, if it comes down to it I'll have to stop and just go back to drinking high calorie alcoholic beverages once a week to keep up my caloric intake otherwise I'll wither down to nothing. My surgeon said marijuana or the alcoholic beverages were the most common ways for bariatric patients to maintain their weight. Yay me.
    If the hospital decides to let it slide, that's one thing--the hospital doesn't actually license the RN/LVN. The Board is the one who licenses nurses, and there have been nurses with THC cards who tried to appeal the Board's decision to take away their licenses, and lost the appeal.

    I'm sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear, but it's the reality...and better you be aware of it now, than to go through nursing school, get licensed, then have that license revoked after years of hard work.

    With the utmost respect to you and your MD, I sincerely doubt that those are the only two ways you can maintain your weight. I would suggest getting a second opinion, for your own health's sake.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    If the hospital decides to let it slide, that's one thing--the hospital doesn't actually license the RN/LVN. The Board is the one who licenses nurses, and there have been nurses with THC cards who tried to appeal the Board's decision to take away their licenses, and lost the appeal.

    I'm sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear, but it's the reality...and better you be aware of it now, than to go through nursing school, get licensed, then have that license revoked after years of hard work.

    With the utmost respect to you and your MD, I sincerely doubt that those are the only two ways you can maintain your weight. I would suggest getting a second opinion, for your own health's sake.
    No, it's not what I wanted to hear. But it is what it is. It's not an issue at all to stop. It just made eating a lot easier for me. No they're not the only ways they're the most common ways for the surgery I have. There really isn't much I can do besides force myself to eat. I have the vertical sleeve so this is will be a forever life struggle type thing.
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    Quote from hellobunny
    No, it's not what I wanted to hear. But it is what it is. It's not an issue at all to stop. It just made eating a lot easier for me. No they're not the only ways they're the most common ways for the surgery I have. There really isn't much I can do besides force myself to eat. I have the vertical sleeve so this is will be a forever life struggle type thing.
    Life often is what it is, alas :/

    I do wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide to do.
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    Life often is what it is, alas :/

    I do wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide to do.
    It sure is...

    Wow! Thank you! I won't let this little setback ruin my dreams
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    Since OP has rec'd some good advice and there really is no way we at AN can answer the question, "can an LVN student smoke weed if they have their cannabis card?", we are closing this thread.

    OP, please check with your nursing program, your state BON and/or seek legal counsel if you have questions about your health involving the use of a medically-prescribed substance; as you become educated as a nurse and/or practice as a nurse.

    We wish you well.


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