California nurses and medical marijuana - page 4

We had an interesting topic in discussion today about how the State Board Of Nursing is pro medical marijuana. For many people suffering from chronic pain it's a great alternative to narcotics -... Read More

  1. Visit  delivern profile page
    So far, State Boards of Nursing still do not allow any positive test for TCH. there is no allowance for a medical mj card. I have uncontrolled migraines and I'm going insane, but I can't even try that option. I value my license too much. I would love to fight it, but how do we even try without jeapordizing our careers? I can get an rx for all kinds of pain killers, thank goodness imitrex works best. I don't take mind altering drugs while at work. If pain is that bad, go home! BUT.... I know nurses that have. I know people with chronic pain that don't seem altered when they take their pain meds. are they? I don't know. You test positive for day, but they could do a blood test to check levels to see if you are actually impaired at work.
    maybe someday this will make more sense. Out of all the drugs for pain control, anxiety, etc, I don't think MJ is the worst thing!
  2. Visit  losbozos profile page
    Interesting topic. I've wondered this for awhile, now. Although I feel anyone w/ a THC medical card should be allowed to exercise their right to intake, I also feel no medical professional should go to work impaired. Rarely (& years ago) I have imbibed & could not imagine going to work... or even wanting to, in that condition. That said, how could one prove they are not impaired if drug tested? No matter the legal substance found to be positive? Taking a med at bedtime is way different than just prior to work. And just to throw an off-topic comment, how many night shifters have gone to work "impaired" from lack of sleep?
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  3. Visit  mellowdude profile page
    I agree, smoking up before work is a bad idea. I couldn't function on it. It sucks but sometimes you have to suck up the pain. 12 hours would be a long time to deal with it. Just remember, when you get home you can smoke yourself to la la land. I'm curious to know if RNs can smoke up in Colorado and Washington state. I know it is legal but I'm sure there are some policies at work.
  4. Visit  db2xs profile page
    As nurses, I would like to think we can use sound and logical judgment. Like anything that can impair judgment--marijuana, prescription narcotics medication, etc.--don't take it before going to work. I take muscle relaxers for chronic pain and I definitely don't go to work right after taking my medication. Not only would it affect my driving (another risk I am not willing to take), but it definitely makes me feel different at work (I tried it once and never again).

    And sure, some people do get high before work, but it is a slippery slope in our field. If we worked in catering or computer graphics, that is something else. But there are other people's lives in our hands. I say don't do it. Take as much THC or vicodin or ativan all you want on your off hours.

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