I recently applied for an RN position with the LA County Sheriff's Department. The online application includes a lengthy list of recreational drugs and questions about recreational drug use.
I, honestly, have zero recreational drug use EXCEPT I ate a pot brownie in 2001 and had a very bad experience (N/V, time stood still, it was terrible).
So I answered the questions honestly:
- Marijuana use ever: Yes
- Frequency: I checked the least option, "1-14 times"
- When: I check the last option, "More than 4 years ago."
I figure if there is a lie-detector I will get caught if I have lied. I have had pre-employment lie detector tests in the past and always pass because I am a pretty "clean" person and always figure it is better to be honest. I can pass any drug test and I used to work in a field were random drug tests were common.
Was I wrong to be honest? Will my one usage 15 years ago really be a problem?