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Pre-employment drug tests have been around for a long time and have traditionally been thought of as a staple in finding new employees. Cannabis research has begun to expand and more and more states are making the decision to ease the laws on this plant. As the view on this medicine begins to change, so should those drug tests that still test for this substance. Alcohol related issues costs the US billions while cannabis related issues are negligible. Cannabis should be removed from pre-employment drug tests because cannabis stays in the system the longest while other addictive drugs are gone in a few days. Cannabinoid metabolites stay in the body for 30+ days, although the effects of the plant only last a few hours. All other "Hard Schedule I" drugs are completely metabolized by the body within a few days. Alcohol is metabolized within hours, this shows that the least dangerous of these drugs also stays in the body for the longest period. Most pre-employment drug tests are testing for the presence of metabolites, these metabolites are created after a substance has been introduced into the body. The psychoactive ingredients are short lived and hard to test for. The metabolite that is created by THC usually stays in the system for 30+ days following the initial use. Heroin and cocaine are out of the body within a few days yet someone who chooses to use cannabis in a safe way can still face repercussions from that choice a month later. Someone who chooses to use alcohol recreationally just needs a few hours for the
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