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1. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Just wondering if anyone knows if, while on vacation to say Amerstdam, one were to use marijuana/shrooms, would that person be subject to the penalties that his/her workplace in the States might impose? After a bit of searching, I'm really not sure where to find this information. Thanks!

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

snip I'm not sure if I get your question properly, but if I do, I reckon that your workplace in the USA, would impose the same penalties if you had drugs in Amsterdam to in USA. The way I am reading your post is that you have or are planning to experiment in Amsterdam. Then you are wondering if when you get home, if your workplace did a drug test on you, and it comes back that you have been taking drugs, would you suffer the same penalities for taking the drugs when you were in another country as to if you had taken the drugs in America. If that is the way your post is meant to be, well I doubt there would be any specific law as to what is a right or wrong answer. Like for example, some idiots from Australia, took drugs to Bali (where they know full well have the death penalty for drugs). Then they are getting trialed under Bali's strict drug laws, and not Australia's drug laws which are far more lenient, even though they are Australian citizens and got the drugs in Australia and not Indonesia. So even though they had not got them from Indonesia, they are still getting trialed under the Indonesian laws. So you would have got the drugs in your system in Amsterdam, and would be trialed under American laws if you were caught in America. That's the way that would make sense.

[ Edit: Please refrain from inflammatory remarks in the forums thanks ]

3. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

I would go to amstedam, get on the gear bigtime, and never return to the US. It sounds like they are really trampling all over your rights there mate. There is no other country in the western world where you would be expected to provide a urine sample to your employer. I certainly wouldn't provide one.

Stalin would have been proud of that little invasion of human rights!

Getting fired for a bit of smoko and a few 'shrooms. I've never heard of anything so ridiculous in my life.

I think that Holland is the only country in the world that could call itself "the land of the free."

Fight the power!

4. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

aharrold45, I did mean the question in the sense that if I were to go to Amsterdam and eat a few hashbrownies or something (how do you go to Amsterdam and not do it at least once?) and came back to the States, would they be able to punish me for failing a drug test since I did the drugs legally? You're probably right, it probably is a case-by-case basis and I'm not currently in a position where I would have to provide a urine sample. However, I'd be going to Europe right after graduating college and then upon my return, may be subject to a urine test before being hired. But no, I'd never so foolish as to try and bring the stuff back home.

5. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

It depend on the drugs you use but most of the drugs are out of you body in 24/48 hours so don't worry ...

6. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

farleyUL: Your question should be posed to an attorney for a definitive answer prior to your vacation. I suspect that if you fail a drug test your company has the right to fire you irrespective of the unique customs of the country you visited. As to how long marijuana stays in your system I will direct you to www.marijuanapassion.com and the answer is there under "FACTS."

JAC

7. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Unfortunately I agree with Uncle J. We may like to indulge in the "delicacies" of another country, but a postive drug test is a postive drug test. My job requires a drug test before the contract, and I can be randomly tested at any given time while onboard. I can try to explain that it was "while I was on vacation" but regardless, it's narcotics.

I'm not at all against a little fun and enjoying yourself, just if you really think your workplace might test you, well then.....