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    Hello all!

    Usually I hang out in the New York section of the forums but I figured I would expand my horizons, and come ask a question on the "Ask a Cop" section. So currently I work for a University Police Department, but at the same time I have my last piece of the hiring process for another large department on wednesday. The last leg of the hiring process for me is the drug test. Here's where I get a little nervous. Back in August of 2010 when I began working at the University Police Department, there was a day during training which we were put in a confined dorm room, and one of our narcotics detectives came in, and under "Controlled cirumstances" lit a piece of marijuana enough that we were able to smell, and later be able to testify in court to the ordor of marijuana. We were in this room for 30-45 minutes, going over different scenarios, paraphanalia, etc. My concern is that this may show up in my hair sample I must give on wednesday. Ive spoken with memebers of the department, they said its nothing to worry about but I just wanted to get some feedback from other members of the law enforcement community. Thank you in advance!
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    highly unlikely
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    • #3
      This is a recognized training procedure so even in the HIGHLY unlikely event something would occur-------------an explanation & affidavit from your detective would suffice.


      Ok that was the technical answer. In reality.........................the situation was several months ago ----and you had only tangential exposure to second had marijuana smoke. You did not "inhale" & thus deeply ingest it into your system. I don't see a problem.
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      • #4
        No way it is going to show up.

        In the near impossible event it does, go with Iowa's advice.

        Cops work around marijuana all the time, I know a couple times a week I am exposed to a heavy haze in someone's house, car, ect and it's never been an issue.

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        • #5
          Breathe deeply. You have a verified "use". Enjoy.

          After exposure to Meth, I'm now an SME. Not as fun as the weed though...
          Free Deke O'Mally!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
            Breathe deeply. You have a verified "use". Enjoy.

            After exposure to Meth, I'm now an SME. Not as fun as the weed though...
            True story-------

            In my academy class the instructor brought in a joint................and lit it.

            He then passed it around the room so we could get a good close exposure.

            One of the "younger" officers from a very small department-------------took a hit off of it as he was passing it on.


            Ok this was 32 yrs ago so I don't want to hear all the crap from everyone.
            By the way he was a SGT on his 3 man department.........and he had less than 1 yr on when he was sent to the academy!!!!!!!!!

            No it was not me--------------I was marginally older and with a much bigger department.
            My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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            • #7
              Thanks alot guys. Ill Keep everyone posted on the outcome of the test. I was thinking of bringing a verified letter from the detective who was present that day, expressing how it was under controlled conditions and for a job. This is just me being anxious because I have been waiting for the call from this department for awhile now, and now that its finally here I want everything to go over as smoothly as possible. Stay safe out there.
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              • #8
                Don't see any problems for you at all.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
                  True story-------

                  In my academy class the instructor brought in a joint................and lit it.

                  He then passed it around the room so we could have a good time

                  We all took a hit off of it as it was being passed around.


                  Ok this was 32 yrs ago so I don't want to hear all the crap from everyone.
                  Fixed it for you

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                  • #10
                    I had this same concern a while back after a week prior being in a smoke filled house while working as a police officer. I did not pop for drugs even on the hair test and I was exposed for about 10 minutes.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mikeymedic View Post
                      I had this same concern a while back after a week prior being in a smoke filled house while working as a police officer. I did not pop for drugs even on the hair test and I was exposed for about 10 minutes.
                      Thanks a lot MikeyMedic! I had the test administered this morning, they took almost all my leg hair because whats on my head isnt long enough. I never want to have this done again, my leg looks like Steve Carrell's chest in "40 Year Old Virgin". ha ha
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                      • #12
                        There are actually agencies that use hair for drug testing?? I thought that was just a myth.
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                        • #13
                          Not gonna happen.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GIOSTORMUSNRET View Post
                            There are actually agencies that use hair for drug testing?? I thought that was just a myth.
                            Yeah my agency uses hair. The reason being, its much harder to beat a hair test (Almost impossible), and your hair acts as a timeline of your drug use so they can test back a set number of months that they choose. In my case they are going back 3 months.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OPD22 View Post
                              In my case they are going back 3 months.
                              Not using leg hair ------------the hair sloughs off your extremities faster than that.................
                              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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