Legalization of recreational marijuana - page 3

by francoml

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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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    I guess there is a section in the ammendment that allows employers to decide if they will tolerate the consumption of marijuana (and other substances) by their employees, even if the use becomes legalized in the State. So you might be legally ok to smoke, but can still get fired by your employer for it if they choose to test for it accordingly.
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    Quote from bethann21
    People don't get hired for having a doctor's prescription for pain medication?
    That is correct.
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    Speaking as a former recreational user of marijuana I can make two observations:

    1. ThC is detectable in urine for a very long time, up to about 40 days, I believe.

    2. The hang-over effects are also long lasting and often include mood alterations as well as a slowing of cognitive function.

    One more thing, so, three things:

    3. Marijuana can be every bit as addictive as ETOH or any narcotic, if only psychologically and to the predisposed.
    Last edit by Anoetos on Nov 10, '12
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    Marijuana is addicting like cheeseburgers are addicting. Its nothing like alcohol and or other narcotics. Don't put those in the same category.

    I also smoked all through nursing school, and smoked after studying. I have never experienced a marijuana hangover, ever. I have since quit because I wanted a job and to pass the drug test obviously, but let me tell you one thing. To quit drinking every weekend was a lot harder than quitting smoking.

    No crap marijuana is detectable in the urine for 30 days it doesn't mean you are high though. There are blood tests now that can detect the THC levels in the blood to determine if a person is impaired.
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    Quote from lovinlife11
    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!!

    Like OMG lovinlife; grow a few brain cells and stop regurgitating everything the gov't and mass media has shoved down your throat. EVERYONE in this forum who thinks marijuana is bad needs an education. There are several documentaries if you're too lazy to do actual research, with testimony from very convincing sources; INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT.

    There are 450,000
    tobacco related deaths every year; 80,000 alcohol related deaths, and are you ready for this? 750,000 pharmaceutical related deaths. Do you know how many deaths have been attributed to marijuana in the history of documenting these stats? NONE, as in ZERO - not one. It's illegal because it keeps certain individuals (all of whom can pull political puppet strings) RICH. Privatize jails for instance; it should be illegal to benefit from someone's incarceration; but its not! Nope, now they've spread like wildfire; 260 last count. How do we keep our profit centers full? Keep pot illegal. I could go on forever; and as a nurse you should recognize the 200+ medicinal uses of marijuana; natural medicine people!!!! Did you know the brain has THC receptors? Do you know why?

    If there are any sheep in this herd who want to actually educate themselves before voicing an ignorant opinion, I highly recommend visiting Netflix and watching
    The Union: The Business Behind Getting High; its a good start.

    And the question was "its legal, so can I".... it should be allowed. Obviously no nurse is going to go to work high - do you really think that was the intention for this person who asked the question? No, this nurse who asked the question probably works with ill-educated, simple minded sheep and is hoping to get off work and kick back. Of course if it becomes an issue and not an option because of the crones sitting on the boards, well then I guess instead of stimulating brain function we'll just have to keep wrecking our livers.
    Last edit by smarterthanthesheep on Mar 2, '13 : Reason: add quote
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    You need to get with the times.
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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???
    Every one the gets paid by the fed must keep a drug free work place. Hospitals get money via medicare payments. If hospitals did not fire someone whom poped on a urin test them might face payment issues. What do you think they will do?

    This is just a laymens understanding of a complex issue.
    Last edit by jdethman on Jun 19, '13
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    Boy, I wish there were a clear answer. I think the person who mentioned that the legislation is too new was correct. I am a traveler and wondered if nurses were smoking pot in the states that are legal to do so. I used to love it. I spent most of high-school looking for it and ironically most of my US Coast Guard career interdicting it. As to the poor kid who asked about it, a couple of you need to lighten up and just answer the question. Save your sermon for church. In order to get an answer I think someone should call the Washington Board of Health, give a false name and get a straight answer. I elect the nurse closest to retirement or past retirement.
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    Someone with a brain! wow... RARE!

    Quote from smarterthanthesheep



    Like OMG lovinlife; grow a few brain cells and stop regurgitating everything the gov't and mass media has shoved down your throat. EVERYONE in this forum who thinks marijuana is bad needs an education. There are several documentaries if you're too lazy to do actual research, with testimony from very convincing sources; INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT.

    There are 450,000
    tobacco related deaths every year; 80,000 alcohol related deaths, and are you ready for this? 750,000 pharmaceutical related deaths. Do you know how many deaths have been attributed to marijuana in the history of documenting these stats? NONE, as in ZERO - not one. It's illegal because it keeps certain individuals (all of whom can pull political puppet strings) RICH. Privatize jails for instance; it should be illegal to benefit from someone's incarceration; but its not! Nope, now they've spread like wildfire; 260 last count. How do we keep our profit centers full? Keep pot illegal. I could go on forever; and as a nurse you should recognize the 200+ medicinal uses of marijuana; natural medicine people!!!! Did you know the brain has THC receptors? Do you know why?

    If there are any sheep in this herd who want to actually educate themselves before voicing an ignorant opinion, I highly recommend visiting Netflix and watching
    The Union: The Business Behind Getting High; its a good start.

    And the question was "its legal, so can I".... it should be allowed. Obviously no nurse is going to go to work high - do you really think that was the intention for this person who asked the question? No, this nurse who asked the question probably works with ill-educated, simple minded sheep and is hoping to get off work and kick back. Of course if it becomes an issue and not an option because of the crones sitting on the boards, well then I guess instead of stimulating brain function we'll just have to keep wrecking our livers.
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    Quote from smarterthanthesheep

    Like OMG lovinlife; grow a few brain cells and stop regurgitating everything the gov't and mass media has shoved down your throat. EVERYONE in this forum who thinks marijuana is bad needs an education. There are several documentaries if you're too lazy to do actual research, with testimony from very convincing sources; INCLUDING THE GOVERNMENT.

    There are 450,000 tobacco related deaths every year; 80,000 alcohol related deaths, and are you ready for this? 750,000 pharmaceutical related deaths. Do you know how many deaths have been attributed to marijuana in the history of documenting these stats? NONE, as in ZERO - not one. It's illegal because it keeps certain individuals (all of whom can pull political puppet strings) RICH. Privatize jails for instance; it should be illegal to benefit from someone's incarceration; but its not! Nope, now they've spread like wildfire; 260 last count. How do we keep our profit centers full? Keep pot illegal. I could go on forever; and as a nurse you should recognize the 200+ medicinal uses of marijuana; natural medicine people!!!! Did you know the brain has THC receptors? Do you know why?

    If there are any sheep in this herd who want to actually educate themselves before voicing an ignorant opinion, I highly recommend visiting Netflix and watching The Union: The Business Behind Getting High; its a good start.

    And the question was "its legal, so can I".... it should be allowed. Obviously no nurse is going to go to work high - do you really think that was the intention for this person who asked the question? No, this nurse who asked the question probably works with ill-educated, simple minded sheep and is hoping to get off work and kick back. Of course if it becomes an issue and not an option because of the crones sitting on the boards, well then I guess instead of stimulating brain function we'll just have to keep wrecking our livers.
    Interesting first post on AN. I wonder if you made the user account for the sole purpose of posting this message? If you few so passionately about it why hide behind a new user name?

    Part of your argument is valid: the marijuana issue is largely one of money and politics, like most things today.

    As far as others being sheep, well you are really just rehashing/copying what you read on the Internet and saw in documentaries which may or may not have any true facts.

    Pharmacologically THC is a dangerous drug: it is stored in your fat cells for a very long time. In fact, drug screens look for nanograms of THC because concentrations in systemic circulation and elimination are so low. This also means that THC produces effects at an extremely low dosage, and it seems out of your fat cells for months to years after a single use.

    More importantly, IMHO, is that smoking pot has now been linked to similar health effects as tobacco, a drug that has finely become less prevalent, to the boon of the general public's overall health.

    Just because an illegal drug has no proximate cause deaths associated with it does not mean it is safe for public use or health.

    It's not my job to say who can and can't do what. I do both encourage patients to tell me if they use marijuana and counsel them in cessation, just like tobacco, other illicits, and alcohol abuse.
    Last edit by BostonFNP on Jun 30, '13
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