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Dear Stoner: Will secondhand smoke show up in drug screenings?

Dear Stoner: I really love live reggae, but lately I'm afraid that I'll get high from all the smoke in the air. I work for the federal government and am subject to random drug screening at work. I'll get fired if THC is found in my system. Is it possible to get high from breathing the smoke in the air? Will I test positive on a drug test? The last two Tribal Seeds shows I attended in Denver were filled with people lighting up all around me, and I decided to leave. I really love reggae, but I like paying the bills, as well. Please help!

Not-So-Irie Mon

Dear Not-So-Irie: It sucks that Babylon is forcing you to forgo ganja — but as for your fears of secondhand smoke getting you busted, you probably don't have much to worry about. Lordamercy.

Yes, technically you can test positive for marijuana from secondhand smoke. That much is true. But you would have to be in a small space with a lot of weed, and the test would have to be a very detailed (and expensive) one to find the minuscule amount left over in your system. Not only that, but the test would have to be administered within 48 hours, at most. Even then, it's still unlikely that someone else's sinsemilla would show up in your system. To put it in perspective: My brother-in-law has similar testing requirements at his bumbaclot job. We went camping, and on a Saturday night around the campfire, he said "Fuck it" and actually took two huge hits of a joint. He has shitty luck, and they actually did test him the next Monday — but he still passed.

If you're still concerned, try to avoid standing directly in front of someone blowing smoke at your head. But if it were me and my job, I would just enjoy myself and the concert. Of course, if it were me, I would be nice and Peter Tosh'd.

Dear Stoner: Will the new pot shops opening in January require a support badge for employment?

JD

Dear JD: Yes, you'll need a badge much like you currently would to work in a state-registered medical marijuana facility. If for some reason the employer isn't requiring that of you, you're probably just working for a pot grower. If that's the case, make sure they're paying you in cash, and be sure to have an escape route planned if the cops show up.

 
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jennifer.knutson
jennifer.knutson

this sucks that I don't even smoke weed and came up positive for THC today I live with someone who smoke it. and because of that I think I lost my job... I just can't understand why this crap always happens to me     

nancygarcia000
nancygarcia000

I was in a car while my friends were smoking it wasn't a lot & the windows were down at times. I have to take a drug test & I'm scared ill fail it

Smartdread
Smartdread

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Monkey
Monkey

Second hand smoke will never show up in a piss test. it is only detectable in urine after a pattern of use. Even a first time smoker, who actually gets high, will not have detectable levels of THC in their urine right after they toke. Unless your job does blood or hair testing, which is much too expensive for employers, you will never piss hot for THC even sitting in a hot boxed car. But, if you were a regular smoker and quit, it will show up in urine for a long, long time. And levels can increase with exercise, especially if you're fat.

Angela Marie
Angela Marie

your first problem is you work for the government-sorry :( too bad you don't know what you're missing lol

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

1. You can buy home drug testing kits that work pretty well for under 20 bucks and give yourself a quick double check before any test with consequences.

2. If it's an outdoor show, don't worry at all, if it's a small indoor show you might want to drink some extra water or green tea the next day or so, but again, don't worry to much. 

3. On the off chance your job really sucks and you get drug tested right after a show and it comes back "hot" call BS on the test and demand another crack at passing. Drug tests come back false positives so often no employer will question a good employee asking for a re-test to prove their pee is clean. That process should take a week or more, so unless you were sucking on a bong the whole show it should be more then enough time to flush your system. 

4. Might just be time to get a job that sucks a lot less. Most employment that requires a degree does not come with a pee test.

Annette Cannon
Annette Cannon

Yes, the level shows, but it is a different test that determines it was most likely second hand smoke. We ran these tests all the time.

Loghome Finishing
Loghome Finishing

My employees are required to test positive for THC and I don't card if it's first second or third hand smoke

Steven Kropidlowski
Steven Kropidlowski

they can tell if its from second hand or if you directly inhaled. the test has certain levels of positive.

 
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