Legalization of recreational marijuana - page 2

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As most of you all know, Colorado just approved recreational marijuana use. Does this mean that someone could test positive for THC and not face any repercussions?? I know you could not be intoxicated at work but if it is legal... Read More


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    Quote from francoml
    I understand that they can choose not to hire you or even fire you.... My main question is, can you loose your license for smoking pot ON YOUR TIME OFF.
    Unfortunately, this us all new so we won't know until the Colorado BON is faced with a case.

    It would be irrational to sanction someone for using a legal substance while not at work just because it can be detected by testing long after it stopped having any effects, but have you ever heard of a rational decision by a BON?

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    Omg, is this for real? If it is, I pray you never take care of myself or any family or friends. You are a nurse and held to higher standards, that doesn't mean being high on ur days off. Ugh!!
    Yes, it's real and it will soon be a legal substance in all states. Just like alcohol and tobacco -- two substances that are much more harmful than marijuana. Actually, they are harmful while THC is not. I just think people are very ignorant on this issue and react to it from a personal moral point of view instead of actual facts.

    I won't even get started on the absolute useless cost of jailing thousands for smoking a joint. Overcrowded prisons costing taxpayers millions of $$? Legalize marijuana and 2/3 of the prison population is diminished. And we don't ruin their lives by putting a conviction on their record so they can actually find jobs and have a productive life. And yes, smoke a joint every once in a while! Big (bleep) deal!

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    Could there be any consequences of just calling the state board of nursing and asking, "Hey can I smoke pot or not" lol obviously not in those words but they could not hold it against me for asking right?
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    I am wondering how many people who are looking for jobs, voted for this, will find out that employers still want you to be drug-free and thus won't hire you or keep you if you test positive?
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    Quote from francoml
    Could there be any consequences of just calling the state board of nursing and asking, "Hey can I smoke pot or not" lol obviously not in those words but they could not hold it against me for asking right?
    I am not so sure I'd be the first one to blaze the trail of legalized marijuana by calling and confronting the board. Nurses lose their licenses over "legal" addictions ALL the time! This legislation is VERY new and the honest answer is WE have NO idea!

    Ask a lawyer...I suppose. I am a huge proponent of legalized marijuana....put the drug lords out of business. Control it, tax it and at least help decrease the deficit. Technically...if it is legal you for casual use you can use it just like alcohol and tobacco. But i urge you to proceed with caution. These are untested waters. This law can be repealed at any time if it "doesn't work out".

    The law has not been tested. Hospitals have not set their policies. No one KNOWS where they will stand on this. These are uncharted waters

    Hospitals are already not hiring people for legal substances. Many make it very clear if you smoke tobacco and test positive they will not hire you. You are takikng a chance. If you need your job and don't have large savings to assist in your legal fees.....I would exercise caution....if not....blaze forward, or light up as the case may be.

    .Just remember these are VERY uncharted waters. You are a pioneer
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    Quote from francoml
    As most of you all know, Colorado just approved recreational marijuana use. Does this mean that someone could test positive for THC and not face any repercussions?? I know you could not be intoxicated at work but if it is legal then how could it be held against you???
    Far as the federal government is concerned marijuana is *still* an illegal drug and IMHO that is what should cause you worry.

    Personally IMHO anyone with any sort of professional license should stay on the straight and narrow until there is some firm change in federal laws. That can come from either the courts or action by Washington.

    You should also consider what would happen if while on duty there is an adverse incident to a patient in your care, and a subsequent drug test turns up recent marijuana use. Even if you escape criminal charges and or keep your job the patient and or family may bring civil action against you.
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    I really am not afraid of taking on the "establishment" ....This is going to sound conceded but I can afford to fight the good fight. I truly believe that patient care is paramount but that being said, I want to show people that alcohol and tobacco are way more harmful the marijuana. I think hospitals should be allowed to test for marijuana on the job, but not in a urine test. They can just as easily use a mouth swab or even a blood test to detect RECENT use.

    I know legislations will take a few months at the least to kick in so I will see what the future brings.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 9, '12 : Reason: TOS/solicitation
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    As per the terms of service we cannot offer legal advice. As you are just going to graduate in May........I wish you the best on your personal and nursing journey.

    Good Luck!!!!
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    Thank you very much..
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    People don't get hired for having a doctor's prescription for pain medication?


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