Marijuana use by nurses in CO and WA

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    Now that it is legal, has either board of nursing put out a stance on licensed medical providers using it?

    I know if we make a mistake which causes patient harm, my hospital can drug test us … but I don’t know what would happen if it came back positive for marijuana now that it is legal, but as far as I know there is no ‘legal limit” and our tests are just a yes or a no, and not a quantitative test.

    How about nurses using medical marijuana … any states allow that?

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    I have wondered this myself. I have even thought that it may never be actually legal for medical staff because it ISN’T quantitative. How could they tell whether we were under the influence?
    We had an agency nurse that used, had her medical card. But as far as I know, she was never injured on the job so I don’t how that would have played out.


    I believe they are working on a quantitative test which will be used for driving under the influence … tolerance and build up play a huge role, so I’m not sure how successful it will be … but they are working on it. I suppose it will end up being some random line like the blood alcohol test. I know I am pretty tipsy after a couple glasses of wine, compared to some of our professional drinkers who come to the ER who would probably have seizure if their BAs ever went below 300.

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