I apologize but I need to "mess up the rotation." This is line is from Friday, the cult classic movie with Chris Tucker and Ice Cube. Puff, Puff, Give is the rotation with respect to smoking marijuana in a two or more person set-up. . http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0011184/quotes. I love the movie Friday!
I am attending a webinar in August sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association titled "Is the Grass Really Greener? Workplace Implications of Medical Marijuana."
I do not smoke marijuana and even if it legal in Ohio for WHATEVER purpose and to use by WHATEVER route (eating, inhaling, injecting, etc.) I will not use marijuana. I already have enough problems and weed will not be one of my issues. We all struggle with something and if you deny having a vice, whether it is sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, gaming, social media, electronic devices, food/gluttony, gossip, exercise/fitness, work/career, etc., you are not being honest with yourself.
The Tabletalk magazine for August 2016 focuses on Addiction from a Christian and Calvinistic theology perspective. http://www.ligonier.org/tabletalk/. This is an excellent read.
If you are a licensed healthcare professional and you smoke weed, please stop the rotation. All it takes is a random UDS or a pre-employment UDS..... Ask yourself why you are smoking weed, self-medicating, and get to the root of the issue with self-reflection, professional counseling, and medical treatment if needed. You know what you do and if you need help, please get help before it becomes a workplace, license, and legal matter. It is so much more easier to deal with these issues proactively before the stuff hits the fan.
Also medical marijuana laws or casual use marijuana laws cannot provide a safe harbor for licensed nurses. You cannot come to work impaired or intoxicated from any substance/drug/medication, legal or illegal and provide safe nursing care to patients. It is a violation of professional standards of practice and your State Practice Act/Regulations.
Marijuana use/abuse is the real deal now and a positive UDS for marijuana is investigated by State Nursing Boards. Why? It is a violation of your State Nursing Practice Act to test positive for an illegal drug. If you test positive for an illicit drug, an employer or prospective employer may report to the State Nursing Board. I am interviewing for home health RN positions in Cincinnati, Ohio and I will also have to submit to a UDS soon. I do not use illicit drugs and I take vitamins and OTC medication.
I practice law in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. If we get weed laws in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, I am going to further limit my law practice to representing nurses in weed cases. Weed, not Space, I postulate without any evidence, will be the Final Frontier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6R3MiAv9ac. Can I specialize in weed law? Maybe the Ohio State Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, or Indiana State Bar Association will develop an attorney specialization for weed law.
Here is general advice to all nurses in any state if you are licensed nurse, do not drink alcohol, smoke crack, inject heroin, snort cocaine, puff, puff, pass marijuana or ingest any illicit or even prescribed medication which alters your mental, physical, or cognitive capacities before reporting to work or at work. Yes, you have to be careful taking any prescription medication before you report to work or while you are at work as a licensed nurse. Why? Are you safe to practice? You should not be at work if you are hung over, high, under the influence, groggy, dazed, dizzy, in a mental fog from meds, etc.
Of course, there is a difference between being an allegation of reporting to work impaired/intoxicated as nurse and "just" having a substance present in your system. But let me ask you, do you really want to spend the time, money, emotional energy and mental exertion/frustration to deal with the license, workplace, and career implications of sorting between the two in a given situation? Can you say legal headache?
Also you should see the New Star Trek movie, Start Trek Beyond. It was awesome! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_Beyond.