Concerned boyfriend - Question about Cannabis + Florida RN

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    Hi All,


    My girlfriend is an RN in Florida. We are planning to move in together soon, but she has a very warranted concern about my recreational cannabis use. I would never want to do anything that I think may jeopardize her career, but I would also prefer to continue my vice.


    Here is some background:
    • She is a BSN, and intends to eventually persue higher nursing education
    • We would have a total of 5 adults living in the house
    • The substance would be kept in an extra bedroom, in a place she would never see it or know it existed. (I realize this sounds like I am hiding it from her. We have talked about this problem and I am open about everything I am doing, I just want to provide her with plausible deniability)
    • She would never be around the substance, in use or in storage

    I have a few questions I am hoping someone can answer:
    • Has anyone had a similar experience to this, especially if law enforcement was involved at some point?
    • In Florida, once a nurse has obtained his/her license, what drug related offenses can cause it to be revoked or suspended? I found that a single drug related misdemeanor (even in the past 3 years) will still allow you to obtain your license without a BOH review, but I am wondering if this changes after the license is received?
    • If a nurse is involved with a legal infraction, at what point of the process can a nurse's license be suspended / revoked, in Florida? (Arrest, charge, or conviction?)
    • Can you think of any other useful information that you think could be related?

    Please don't overload this thread with responses about me using illegal drugs. I am aware of, and prepared to face, the health and legal implications this can have on my life; however, I want to make sure both my girlfriend and I understand the risks I would be posing to her.


    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
  2. 13 Comments so far...

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    Are you serious? WHY in God's name would you put her in that position? There is no "plausible deniability" if the dope is in a house she resides in ITS HERS.


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    I personally wouldn't take the chance! Even if it wouldn't strip her status it would still show up on future background checks and certainly effect future job offers and even financial aid eligibility. I would not risk all those sleepless nights of hardcore studying for my bf's bad habit!
    nursebf and squatmunkie_RN like this.
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    Just being in the house can make her fail a drug test. By doing this you're putting her license in danger.
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    BrihtneeY, thanks for the valuable reply. You bring up a good point about the background checks.

    squatmunkie_RN, in legal terms, there is plausible deniability. According to how Florida's laws are set up, unless the illicit substance is found on her person, in order for her to be charged with possession the prosecutor must prove that she had knowledge of the substance, knew the substance was cannabis, and had dominion and control over the substance. If she wasn't a nurse, given the situation, she would not be able to be charged with anything. Which is why I am questioning what risk the presence of the drugs actually provides to her. If you have some experience or facts to back of the position of
    if the dope is in a house she resides in ITS HERS
    I would love to hear them.

    Thanks
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    Just being in the house can make her fail a drug test. By doing this you're putting her license in danger.
    This is very close to false. Even if it was being smoked in the house and she was in the immediate vicinity of it, it is EXTREMELY unlikely she would fail a drug test. However, this is completely moot, because it is only consumed outside when she isn't present.
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    Your GF doesn't deserve you if this is your thinking. I've seen and worked with people in detox/ rehab and its not pretty, if you want to smoke a blunt where the ramifications for your GF lead to unemployment, I hope you're willing to do the job hunting for her!!!
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    Quote from nursebf
    This is very close to false. Even if it was being smoked in the house and she was in the immediate vicinity of it, it is EXTREMELY unlikely she would fail a drug test. However, this is completely moot, because it is only consumed outside when she isn't present.
    I'm sorry you think it's false but I've been in homes where one person smoked pot and the entire house reeked of it. You ARE putting her at risk via drug testing and having illegal drugs in the house.
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    There's a section under the General Nursing called "Nurses/Recovery" that may be more helpful to you.
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    I doubt that anything would happen to her unless you got busted with it in your house. If she's not in the room I doubt a contact high would come of it and I truly doubt she would fail a drug test.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~


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