Why is it important to know how long Cannabis stays in the system?
Now, why does the duration matter? Why should you know the period when Cannabis or THC stays in your system. Generally, it is for employment purposes. Canadian laws and company policies greatly differ all over the country. So your current employer or your future employer may ask for a drug test. While some companies are quite lax with Cannabis, others may have problems with consuming marijuana. So it is important to know your company policies. There are 5 main situations where you might want to avoid cannabis smoking:
- A zero-tolerance policy
A zero-tolerance policy is generally quite a strict one and it states that the company would not tolerate any type of drug use, including Cannabis. Since Canadian law has changed and evolved medicinal and recreational use of cannabis has become legalized in many parts of the country. However, the zero-tolerance policy states that you can get fired immediately if you are caught with cannabis. A general term to look out for in the company policy is “fit for duty” which means that you cannot be under the influence of any drug or alcohol while working.
- Random drug tests
Your company might also conduct random drug tests for its employees. Depending on their own policies you may be fired or not for failing the test. However, it is now proven that the random drug tests aren’t nearly as accurate for Cannabis use. Since it is not clear how our bodies process THC, it is nearly impossible to determine if the person is intoxicated or not.
- Reasonable suspicion drug test
An individual can also be specifically asked to take a drug test if the employer believes that they are using drugs that may be hindering their ability to perform at work. These drug tests are pretty rare and you will only be asked if they suspect that you are using Cannabis at work. Depending on the company’s policy, failing the drug test can get you fired or they can recommend you take substance abuse counseling.
- Post-accident drug test
An employee may also be asked for a drug test if an accident occurs at the workplace. The main reason for asking for this drug test is to ensure that drugs were not a factor in the incident taking place. Usually, the drug test will be taken within 12 hrs of the accident, and depending on the results, the employee will be reprimanded or have disciplinary action taken against them.
- Pre-employment drug test
One of the most common reasons why you might be asked to take a drug test is before you get employed at a company. Most companies do not prefer to hire an employee who is using drugs or they discourage drug use within their employees. If you fail the drug test, it allows the company grounds to not hire you even if you are the best candidate available for the position.