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Old 02-20-2016, 04:19 PM
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I am looking into moving to several different places, one of them being Grand Junction. I would be working in a hospital laboratory or other medical laboratory. Despite marijuana being legal in Colorado, I know many employers randomly drug test and don't tolerate marijuana usage (of course I would never go to work high).

I am just curious if anyone happens to work at a hospital or lab in the grand junction area and knows whether or not they randomly drug test.
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:34 PM
Location: Western, Colorado
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You can bet your arse they do.
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Old 02-20-2016, 10:59 PM
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Yes, and you will find a lot of companies here that do and don't allow use even if it's medical MJ not just recreational. Last summer the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that employers' zero-tolerance drug policies trump Colorado's medical marijuana laws allowing businesses to fire employees for the use of medical marijuana even if it's off-duty.

This ruling came from a case of a Dish Network customer service employee who had his medical marijuana card and was terminated after failing a random drug test.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:52 AM
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I work in a private practice in GJ, but I also cover call for procedures at one of the hospitals. I signed on with the hospital not long after the legalization vote happened. I was told to be ready to be called for a random test at any time, and even though the legalization thing happened they had zero tolerance. I have not heard of anyone being called in for a test, and it's supposed to be a totally random thing, but I guess it could happen.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:00 AM
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I can speak to this.

Every hospital in the area will notify you upon employment that you are subject to random drug screening at any time.

In practice, you take a drug test when you're initially hired and you take a drug test if you screw up big time or get injured. They don't do randoms for "kicks." They don't do annual randoms or anything like that.

Keep in mind that if you get injured at work and fail a drug test, you will have issues receiving workers comp.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:56 PM
Location: The 719
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I personally think that weed ought to be classified as alcohol is at the state local federal level.

That being said, I've been around alcohol recovery since about 1994 or so, and a lot of folks who abused pharms were from the health industry, Nurse Jackie style. It's a real issue that needs to be addressed. Also, when I worked as a field engineer for medical equipment, I was around a lot of scrub techs, nurses, etc., and many of them were some of the cigarette smokingest people I'd ever met. It was gross. They'd come back from outside where they were smoking and their nasty scrubs would reek of nasty cigarette smoke. Seemed ironic to me.
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Old 02-23-2016, 01:49 AM
Location: CO
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The troubling Dish lawsuit comes to mind.

Even in Colorado Medical Marijuana Can Still Get You Fired
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