Dear Stoner: Will my seasonal employer drug-test?
Dear Stoner: The holidays are coming up, and I'm thinking about getting a seasonal job for extra income. Something with low responsibility, like retail or working with Christmas trees. I enjoy cannabis recreationally. Do you have any advice on how to surreptitiously find places of employment that do not conduct a new-hire drug test? I'd rather avoid those that do altogether than find out about the drug test after they already have all of my information. Thanks!
Dear For Higher: Urine luck. Get it? Man, we crack ourselves up after a few dabs... Anyway, the good news is that most low-paying, low-responsibility seasonal jobs don't give a shit about your marijuana use. Christmas-tree stands are great places to work and sneak in a toke now and then, just as long as you're not operating a chainsaw or anything like that. And if the seasonal gig is anything like the jobs my friends have had over the holidays, your boss will probably toke with you. Check Craigslist for Christmas-tree stands that need help.
In retail, they just need a live body to fold clothes and clean up after insane consumers. Most stores in the mall that will hire your stoned ass aren't going to waste the money on drug testing you for a month's worth of employment at minimum wage. They know you're getting high, since you'd have to be stoned to take the job in the first place. If by some chance they do end up asking you for a drug test after the job interview, just don't show up. Who cares if they have your information? Not showing up doesn't imply you're guilty of drug use — not to mention that the 24-year-old half-drunk manager at Lucky Brand jeans is too busy sifting through a hundred other applications and trying to land a rich, hot customer to even notice if you don't follow through. If you're that concerned, call him up and tell him you got a better job offer at H&M.
But screw a low-rent, part-time gig, man. Shoot for the stars with your stoned self. Take this actual job placement from an architecture firm in Telluride looking for a new junior architect: "Please note that Telluride, Colorado is a highly unique location," writes Max Strang Architecture. "Applicants should be comfortable with a location that has unparalleled alpine scenery, amazing cultural festivals, unmatched snow skiing and abundant outdoor activities. Marijuana is legal."
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