Question about marijuana use as a nurse - page 6

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   texasRN_14
    Alcohol is also known to cause those side effects plus cancer, cirrhosis, violent actions, mood swings, impaired decision making, etc and I would be willing to bet a large majority of people on this site (professional nurses) regularly consume alcohol. Does it affect their day to day lives? Most likely not and it's the same with marijuana. If we test for pot, we should also test for alcohol. It's a widely known issue that many, many professional cops use and abuse alcohol and yet they still get to work and help save lives. If they are found to be under the influence, instead of being jailed for their offenses (unless they committed some kind of crime) are often offered help. People who smoke marijuana and have issues with it lose their jobs and often go to jail, usually with no crimes committed at all other than using. We need more education of the public on marijuana and alcohol and the realities of both.
  2. by   SNB1014
    Quote from classicdame
    you did not pose a question for us to answer. So we assume you want opinions. Mine is, don't be my nurse if you are on dope
    lol, im sorry. but you sound like a 1992 "say no" commercial or my mom. "dope" is not marijuana.
    i agree that the poster didn't ask an actual question, and i agree most RNs who don't want any trouble with their license wouldn't even bother smoking weed, but i DO think you were trying to be sassy here, no?
    Last edit by SNB1014 on Sep 26, '12 : Reason: spelling
  3. by   catebsn25
    I haven't read all of the comments, but all I can say is that you are a brave person for asking this question. Check with your state's BON and see what their policies are. Good luck with all of the negative comments you are probably receiving...
  4. by   needshaldol
    Texas, I don't think someone who drinks a beer or two glasses of wine on a weekend is going to be having problems with cancer, violent mood swings, cirrhosis, etc. It is the same for someone who smokes a little pot. But I agree, this is not something to talk about to co-workers but what do you do when you go to a party or bbq and several of your co-workers are in the corner smoking pot and the others are having a drink? Everyone can smell it and knows but it is just not spoken about. True the problem is the law when it comes to our license. But as said earlier there is no way that a test for pot would be done in my area or at least 99% no. I have never been tested for anything and I do not know of anyone else who has either. And I happen to work in a very expensive part of the state.
  5. by   texasRN_14
    haldol- I don't either. But most people I know have never hallucinated or become psychotic from smoking marijuana. Just trying to offer some perspective.
  6. by   imintrouble
    I have become informed!!! I'll admit I'm biased against MJ. All those movies about hippy like people puffing on little cigs. Goofy and dazed.
    MJ is not part of my history, or that of my least as far as I know. So the movies kind of distorted my opinions.
    Thanks to all of you who posted information. I like when I come here and learn something new.
  7. by   Crazed
    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    Actually, the use of medical marijuana does NOT fall under ADA protection. Even if the person is disabled, their use of medical marijuana is still in violation of Federal law. The Federal Government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug.

    Again, State BONs may issue licenses to those with legal prescriptions for medical marijuana, so long as it is used as directed by the prescriber. However, employers are allowed to enforce "drug free workplace" policies, in which testing positive for THC is grounds for termination, legally prescribed or not.

    If the OP wants to practice as a nurse with a prescription for medical marijuana, it is possible for her/him to obtain licensure from her/his State BON, depending on that State BON's policies. However, obtaining employment may be a different matter altogether.
    You are correct. Apparently the CA supreme court ruled on the matter in May of this year. I haven't researched the issue in a while so thank you for updating my knowledge.
  8. by   FMF Corpsman
    Quote from AngLVN
    I hope I never get you as a nurse. Why would you post something like this?
    Sorry AngLVN, that is such an open ended question, no one knows who you're referring to. There are way too many people on this string to just leave it like this. How about just a little hint?
  9. by   DebblesRN
    If you have a script for the marajuana and it is legal in your state, then by all means, smoke up. I think it will cause a problem for your potential job hunt.

    I think many people have offered you sound advice here--contact your BON and hear it from the horse's mouth.

    Look at it from an Employer's perspective though--you have five potential candidates--all qualified for a position--all experienced nurses. They have to whittle it down in some way if you have only two positions open. Would you hire the nurse with the marajuana prescription, or a nurse who passes the drug screen and isn't so anxious all the time she has to smoke a joint to come down?
  10. by   CallieNM
    Quote from sasha_t
    you didn't answer my question....why did you post anything at all?
    What they said was a great answer to your post.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 26, '12 : Reason: tos
  11. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    Quote from calinurse11
    Its actually really commonly prescribed here in California. I have a neighbor directly behind me who is a 20 something year old who is prescribed MJ and he is able to grow 12 plants or something like that in his back yard. Because of this, my children and I get to smell that skunk like smell when we are swimming in the pool out back. Oh and he was given the Rx for anxiety, and it appears that serveral of his friends are also anxious people because he is always smoking outside with at least 5 or 6 of them.
    Yeah, if you watch Judge Judy she gets on these people all the time. It's positively ludicrous.
  12. by   Trekfan
    Rx pot is a joke (in most cases) a Blind classmate of mine from ca had an rx to ,one night the guy got so high he yelled" watch this thay have to stop in ca for us blind toke"and jump into the street and almost got him and us also (as we where saving him ) killed . There are other real meds out there I do not know anyone that would want to have a nurse that does pot .
  13. by   Jmiami
    wow. I hope to God my nurse or any of my co-workers are not using pot. There is just no reason for it. The "what you do on your off time is none of your business" is a load of crap when you are a nurse. If anxiety and lack of appetite are an issue, then there are other ways to deal with it than smoking pot. It is the oldest trick in the book to get a prescription so you can smoke legally. Nurses are held to a higher standard, in my opinion. It doesn't sound like you are able or ready to take your position seriously if this really is an issue to you. Believe me, many are standing in the wings (minus the pot) to take your spot. Also, you are a representative of the facility or company that you are with. What would you do if a former patient or patients family member saw you getting high or while you were under the influence? You could get fired and your place of employment has been made a fool of or worse. Is this really an issue? Really?