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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 screening, would you still be allowed to work? Would an application for employment be denied?
There are two things to consider in the answer to your question.
First, even with prescription in hand, your state BON may choose NOT to license you as a nurse in your state...and yes, this includes California. So you need to check with your state BON to determine if you will be able to be licensed (or keep your license if you are already).
Second, if you are able to get/keep your license, that does not guarantee that an employer has to hire you. Employers have their own guidelines regarding drug use in their employees. Having a prescription in hand--and this applies not only to marijuana but for benzos and other medications as well--is not bulletproof protection against a positive drug test. The company may choose to deny you employment if you test positive for a drug, and you would have little legal recourse against it.
Most facilities--including those in California--will not hire someone who tests positive for THC regardless of whether a legal prescription is involved. I know because I work for two of them.
Not going to pass judgment on your views regarding MJ use. But it is a fact that--as harsh as this may sound--what you think about your MJ use doesn't matter one bit. What the BON and employers think about it matters far more because they can control if you can work as a nurse. And they are within their rights to deny you licensure/employment based on your drug test results.
Hope this helps and best of luck.