Post # 1
This probably sounds like a totally ridiculous post, but I am living in NY while in school, and my husband is working at a university in PA simultaneously. Obviously, becuse of this we are not living together. In order to keep the cost of living down, we both share our place of residence with others. I live in a house on long island with a few other graduate students near our university. This weekend one of my housemates had two guys over and smoked pot and ate (?) ‘shrooms. My question to you (and forgive me, its not wedding/family etc. based) is how would you handle this? Also, how does the state of NY handle this (can I get introuble even if its not in my room or system)? Since starting Occupational Therapy school, I have become sort of nervous about things of this nature because if we have a criminal charge, we cannot sit for the OT certifying exam. I just can’t help but be nervous about some terrible turn of events that would result in me getting in trouble for being in the same area with these drugs, as this would result in me being unable to have the career path that I have worked so hard for! Please advise! 🙂
Post # 3
@acmckay589: I absolutely would not worry about it- I don’t think there’s really any way for you to get “in trouble” for this unless they plant it in your room or something or the cops come and you have pounds of weed or coke or something in your house.
Do you own the house (or are you on the lease?) You could simply ask them not to do drugs in the house if it makes you uncomfortable.
Post # 4
@acmckay589: I am not sure about the law, but if they keep drugs in the common area (possibly hidden), it is possible everyone in the house could be charged. This situation would really bother me. What is “fair” doesn’t always happen. I have heard of too many “guilty by associations” cases and involvment in criminal activity doesn’t matter.
Check if your school has legal services and consult them.
Post # 5
@acmckay589: I had a friend get charged and had her car impounded because her friend in the car had a joint. But this was in GA, so I dont know the laws in NY.
Post # 6
You should be fine as long as you never have drugs on your person, in your car, in your room. If you can pass a drug test, double plus!
Post # 7
@veryberry13: Provided they do a urine drug test and not a hair follicle test.
Post # 8
As long as they’re not hosting ravers or dealing, I don’t think you should run into any issues!
(And make sure there is never anything in your room/car at any time ever)
Post # 9
@Hyperventilate: What is a hair follicle test? I’ve never heard of that.
There is absolutely no drugs in my room, car, body… anything thats just mine.
Post # 10
As long as you have no drugs in your room or amongst your possessions, and you don’t hang around too much when they are smoking, you should be fine.
Post # 11
@acmckay589: When your hair grows out, it acts like a sponge. It absorbs chemicals from inside your body. It is commonly used to prove that people take/smoke/use drugs. They analyze the hair and if they have done drugs during the length of time that they’ve had hair, they can trace it.
Drugs can be found in hair up to a year after consumption.
Post # 12
@Hyperventilate: Well….shouldn’t she be able to pass both is she is not a drug user? Maybe I’m not familiar with hair follicle tests.
Post # 13
@veryberry13: No. Urine is a “quick” drug test. If you do drugs and stop for a specified amount of time (A week, maybe more? I am not 100%) you’ll pass. Hair stores chemicals found in the body. She’d still absorb THC in lung tissue. The blood would deposit it in the hair follicle.
ETA: Assuming she inhales second hand weed smoke. Or I suppose any other drug in smoke form.
ETA ETA: After some googling, THC can stay present in fat for up to 13 days, which will still show up in urine.
Post # 14
If it were up to me (and I like to play it 100% safe) I wouldn’t stand for it. If the cops searched the house for whatever reason, like if they got a tip that drugs were being grown or sold there, it could implicate you if your name was on the lease or if you were home at the time.
I’d be really worried!
Post # 15
My girl lives in NYC. She doesn’t have your roomie problems, but from what I have observed about NYC PD, unless these ppl are major drug DEALERS, I doubt any of you will be bothered. If the PD there busted ppl for pot and drug ingestion for their personal use, that is all they would be doing!
One little hint, however, and that is to make sure your clothing is cut off from the room where they smoke up. That cloying crappy smell jumps onto clothing and stays there. And ppl CAN smell it, and they will make judgments.
Post # 16
I wouldn’t be overly worried about it. The chances of something happening are so slim, and you won’t have anything in your possession or in your body. I also live on Long Island, but don’t have any legal experience with that. I’ve had roommates in the past (not on Long Island, but in Manhattan) that had that around me, but nothing bad ever happened.