Question: I smoke pot and I have for about 10 years. I don't smoke every day, but I do smoke. I'm on probation for a DUI that I got in Cobb County.
The DUI was just for alcohol, not for marijuana. I've been on probation for about 2 months. My probation officer said she was going to test me for drugs next time I came in. She suspects that I smoke weed because last time I saw her she noticed that I had rolling papers with me. She saw them when I took my wallet out of my pocket.
I told her that I used to smoke but that I don't anymore and I just roll my own tobacco. I don't think she believes that. I've gone to a few concerts in Atlanta and I have smoked pot with friends. And I'll sometimes smoke a little at work. I work at the North Point Mall in Alpharetta and I might light-up at lunch or at the end of the day.
I really don't want to be caught because I know that I can go back to jail for a probation violation. If I go to jail I'll lose my job and I need the job to pay for my car and to pay for college at Lanier Tech.
Is my probation officer going to find out that I smoke pot?
L.G. in Woodstock, GA
Answer: There is no easy answer to your question. It depends on the type of drug test used (urine, blood, hair, saliva) and if someone is a regular user or not. Also, it also depends on the individual taking the test. Things like a person's genetic makeup, metabolism, digestive and excretory systems, can all play a role.
Generally speaking, a regular or frequent user will have more to worry about because marijuana will remain in their system longer than a person who uses infrequently. The most sensitive test is urine, followed by blood, hair and saliva. Technically speaking, the tests are designed to detect the marijuana metabolite THC-COOH.
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