Many patients ask us how to pass a urine drug screen if they’re on medical cannabis and are asked to take one.
The two primary reasons for this include state-monitored probation and employment drug-screening.
So, first how do you pass a drug test if you are on probation?
The answer – call Compassionate Certification Centers and get certified to use medical marijuana card. That’s right, you can use marijuana with valid medical reason while on probation.
In June of this year the PA Supreme Court made a ruling preventing counties from prohibiting the use of medical marijuana to probationers. Medical cannabis has been shown to decrease anxiety and help to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Alright, but what if I need to take a drug-test for work? Do I need to tell my employer I have a medical card?
Again, the best way to pass a urine-drug test is to get certified! When it comes to disclosing your status as a medical marijuana patient – remember that no one knows you have your card unless YOU tell them. So no, you don’t need to but there are several reasons one might want to disclose their MMJ status to employers. Generally, we suggest finding out your company’s specific policy on medical cannabis. If you can’t find one – ask HR (it’s what they’re there for.) Many patients say that when testing as a pre-employment screening they have only disclosed cardholder status to the specimen lab – who then reports a pass or fail to employers. You might be surprised, as more and more employers are accepting cannabis medicine as a valid form of treatment.
If you are already employed there but are asked to take a randomized test, there are some protections for you as an employee. The PA Medical Marijuana Act states that:
“No employer may discharge, threaten, refuse to hire or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against an employee regarding an employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges solely on the basis of such employee’s status as an individual who is certified to use medical marijuana.
Nothing in this act shall require an employer to make any accommodation of the use of medical marijuana on the property or premises of any place of employment. This act shall in no way limit an employer’s ability to discipline an employee for being under the influence of medical marijuana in the workplace or for working while under the influence of medical marijuana when the employee’s conduct falls below the standard of care normally accepted for that position.”
Therefore, employers cannot discriminate solely based on your decision to use medical marijuana – but does not require employers to change their policy. Lastly, although a course of action many would prefer not to take – anyone terminated or refused employment based on card-holder status have the right to sue for such, under the PMMA.
Wondering how to pass a urine drug screen? Call Compassionate Certification Centers today at 888-316-9085 or visit www.cccregister.com to find out how you can get your medical card. Our Cannabis Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have and walk you through each step of the process, even obtain your medical records for you. There are no judgements, no drug tests, and no-risk. All calls are confidential, and HIPAA protected.