I have had to pass a drug test to work in some places and not in others within the mental health field. If you are in a private practice, it is clear that this is not a cause for concern. Most therapists and counselors can have a beer after work or smoke a joint, with no special cause for concern. But with either drug, at the time when their impact manifests itself in the session, the therapist is in dangerous waters.
No matter what the state decides, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug right now. The ranking places marijuana in the same category as heroin in the eyes of the government. This law considers marijuana to have a high potential for dependence and has no accepted medical use. It also makes the distribution of marijuana a federal crime.
Cannabis has been used for millennia to treat a variety of medical problems. For some people, cannabis relieves feelings of anxiety and depression. It can offer that “change of head” that pushes us out of unpleasant states. It can help sleep and eliminate nightmares.
Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and an accepted lack of safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.