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New Policy Requires Drug Testing For Unemployment
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New government policies toward drug policy and the social safety net may impact millions of people’s lives, including those seeking unemployment benefits. The government recently announced a crackdown that would require drug testing for men and women applying for unemployment benefits. Knowing how to be prepared for a drug test and how to pass a drug test will help people get the benefits they’ve earned and to avoid unfair stigmatization. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed legislation that gives states greater latitude to drug test applicants for federal unemployment insurance. In the past, states did not drug test applicants for unemployment benefits because the Social Security Act—the Depression-era law establishing unemployment—didn’t allow states to add qualifying factors unrelated to… Read More
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your Urine?
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Underestimating how long marijuana remains detectable in urine can have serious consequences for people on parole or probation or workers subject to regular drug-testing. How long marijuana stays in your system depends on how much and how often you use. The drug will be more easily detectable over a long period for those who smoke it regularly, while occasional users can purge it from their bodies relatively quickly. In general, moderate users of marijuana will not return a positive result on a drug test after five to 15 days of abstinence from it. Chronic users may need a month to completely detox. Everyone’s body is different, and some people may purge the drug more quickly than others. Fluid intake and… Read More
Can I Be Arrested if I Fail a Drug Test?
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More and more employers and businesses are using drug tests as a pre-employment screening tool, to weed out candidates they deem to be unfit. Some employers use periodic or random drug tests to regularly check up on employees, meaning, once you’re hired, the intrusions into your privacy can continue. Additionally, due to a 2002 ruling by the Supreme Court, middle and high schools can use participation in extracurricular activities as an excuse to conduct random drug tests on students. Another place drug tests are common is in the criminal justice system. Submitting to regular or random drug tests is often a condition of parole or probation, and a clean test can mean the difference between freedom and a return to… Read More
Detoxing Before a Drug Test
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Employee drug screenings are a common occurrence. Most employers will require a job applicant to complete a drug test once an offer for employment has been made. In addition, employers are required to perform a drug test if there has been an on-the-job accident that resulted in personal injuries and/or property damage. The best way to pass a drug test is to be prepared for it. All companies have a drug screening policy you should review, as this will indicate the frequency of testing and the type of testing method, including whether the employee is given any notification. For job candidates, it is best to discontinue drug usage while looking for a job until after completing the drug test. If… Read More
11 Popular Myths About Drug Testing
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Each year, government entities and companies force millions of Americans to undergo drug testing. As drug tests have become more common, a lot of misconceptions about how drug tests work and individuals’ legal rights regarding drug tests have spread. Knowing more about the science and the law concerning drug tests can help people avoid relying on false information that could cost them their jobs or their freedom. Drug testing is prevalent in the U.S., and its use is growing. According to Slate, an estimated 45 million to 50 million workplace drug tests are given each year in the U.S.  A recent survey of 70,000 U.S. working adults found that 48.2 percent reported that their employers conducted some sort of workplace drug screening… Read More
What’s Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains?
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It’s a mistake to lump all cannabis into one broad category. There are three strains of cannabis, each with its own unique properties. The word strain is used to differentiate breeds of cannabis plants. The three strain types of cannabis include: Indica – Indica strains of cannabis have a relaxing effect on cannabis users. They’re often used for pain relief and stress reduction. Sativa – Sativa strains have a more uplifting effect on users. Cannabis enthusiasts may use sativa strains of cannabis if they want to think creatively or engage in in-depth conversations. Hybrid – Hybrid strains of cannabis combine some of the effects of Sativa and Indica strains. They tend to relax users and relieve pain while also creating… Read More
Common Drugs in the US
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Several types of legal and illegal drugs are used by teens and adults in the United States. Access to and use of these drugs depend upon a variety of factors. It is due to these conditions that certain drugs have become more widely used and preferred over others. For instance, alcohol is readily and easily accessible in all fifty states, so long as the person is of legal age to purchase it. As a result, it is one of the more commonly used drugs in the country. Another drug which was once considered illegal in all fifty states, but now has been legalized in many states and continues to increase in popularity, is marijuana. In some states, marijuana can be… Read More
2016 Set to be Watershed Year in Marijuana Legalization Efforts
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While all eyes are focused on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, votes in five states could start a nationwide avalanche regarding marijuana legalization. On Election Day, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Nevada will vote on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Although legalization would end marijuana users’ exposure to potential jail time and criminal penalties, it’s important to note that employers may still prohibit the use of marijuana and require employees to pass a drug test. Polls show that marijuana legalization is likely to pass in California, Massachusetts, and Maine. Arizona and Nevada voters are divided on the issue, and the outcome is less certain there. Should voters approve recreational use of marijuana in the five states… Read More
How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System
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The human body eliminates substances at rates that differ from drug to drug. Understanding the pace of elimination can help people have a better idea of the impact of these substances and how long they will show up on tests conducted by law enforcement or employers. Marijuana is typically slow to purge from the body. The drug can be detected in urine for seven to 30 days and in hair for 90 days. Marijuana sticks around because its active component, THC, is fat soluble and will linger in the body for a longer period. Heroin typically is detectable in blood for six hours and in urine for two to 48 hours. Larger doses of heroin take longer to purge, so… Read More
Marijuana Legalization: How Marijuana is Viewed Today
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People’s views on marijuana in America have been changing in recent time. In the past, this drug was considered illegal in all fifty states, with harsh penalties if someone was found guilty of a drug-related criminal offense. However, with a change in people’s attitudes, so, too, has there been a change in laws regarding marijuana. Today, more people are in favor of making the drug legal for medicinal purposes, as well as recreational use. On average, around 50% of the population is in favor of legislation to legalize the drug for either medicinal or recreational purposes, or both. Currently, there are several states where marijuana can be used as a recreational drug, much like tobacco, and also by people looking… Read More
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