Question about marijuana use as a nurse - page 7

I used to use marijuana only as a recreational drug, recently it was prescribed to me due to anxiety and lack of appetite. If you have a prescription to marijuana and you test positive on a drug... Read More

  1. by   Kashia
    I am in agreement with Sasha, the poster of this thread. If a patient who happens to be a nurse, has a physician recommendation, in a state which allows for this, and it is not used while on the job, but is used in accordance with its intent, it is the same as any other prescription.

    Dare I mention.... do a search on here and find threads concerning the prescribed drugs nurses use while working,it is not uncommon at all.

    There are many states which do not have medical marijuana laws and this may seem offensive to some nurses from those states. And to them I would say marijuana is the least dangerous medicine one can take, certainly healthier than drinking alcohol, and safer than most or all prescribed med's that would fall in like category.

    As well, there are different strains of marijuana that produce specific effects. So one may be good for anxiety or depression having a more cerebral effect- the sativa's, and another strain- indica's- are excellent for chronic pain, more body effect. There are so many uses of marijuana.
    Marinol, a synthetic form, a pill, is not always effective for patients.

    We can thank the marijuana hysteria and drug war for pushing growers indoors where they fine tuned the cultivating of marijuana and have bio engineered it to a fine science ( The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollen)

    The BON in California, whom I contacted few years ago regarding this, said they did not have a formal policy but it would be reviewed on case by case basis ( if you were ever hurt on job for instance or injured a patient) all things would be considered.

    Good topic!
  2. by   Kashia
    A follow up comment after reading more posts:

    Which states require a nurse applying for a lic to list medications they are on?

    California does not require this.

    On potential employers: OK, what do nurses do that are taking Xanax Ativan Vicodin regularly before a drug screen?

    The realistic situation is this. If you are on the job and get injured or ill- they will do a drug screen in the ER. If you are in a legal state and carry your script with you, you are at the mercy of the dr to either determine if you are under the influence at that time
    or it is just in your system due to long life span.
  3. by   needshaldol
    I totally agree TexasLVN. But I would add to never ever let any employer know you have a medical marijuana card. I do not know if this is a violation of privacy or not but there is no way I would ever give that info to any employer. I agree that it needs to be legalized but the fact that it is not, will keep you from being hired. What I take or do in my free time away from work is my business not theirs. I have never been drug tested. We do not do random drug testing at our hospital. We may have done a test on alcohol on an impaired nurse who came in smelling of alcohol. Yes, she got fired. But it took a few months before it occurred.
  4. by   JZ_RN
    Hey guys, just because alcohol is bad (and we can all agree that no matter how relaxing a drink can be, it's bad for you) that doesn't make marijuana good. It can help some, but the majority just abuse it for the high, it can be dangerous, and nurses should not be using it. Sorry but that's the truth. Just because killing 2 people is bad doesn't mean that killing 1 is okay.
  5. by   tnbutterfly
    Thread closed for staff review.