Green Card +cdl =good Or Bad???

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John R.'s Comment
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I am wanting to get into trucking soon but for now i can not. i have been offered a job at a grow facility (marajuana) any job in that field requires that you get a green card. background check no drug convictions ect..) my question is if i get a green card would that eclude me from getting a cdl in the future/ i do not smoke weed, never have, but i need a job now, just moved to denver and there are lots of jobs if your willing to settle for 10 to 15 hours a week at $10 an hour. any help would be great

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
BQ 's Comment
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I would imagine if can pass drug test upon entering field and don't have signs of drug use history or related convictions, you should be fine. Weed is perfectly legal in Colorado, as long as feds don't come snooping, so said job is not much different than one in pharmaceuticals. Personally, I believe marijuana and its derivatives to be a much better option for many health issues than some of the current legal ones.. prescription pain meds are a major contributor to the heroin epidemic that currently grips every level of today's society. Best of luck to you.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My only question is, by handling the stuff every day, could you sonehow eventually test positive from the dust, pollen, plant oils, etc? I know that sounds like a stupid question, but I'm seriously wondering.

This is completely new territory and I'd hate for it to somehow cause you problems down the road.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Apparently according to a study recently conducted in Germany at the University of Freiburg, you can indeed test positive from handling that product on a scale in which you are considering.. even on hair follicle test.

DONT DO IT!!

Michael S.'s Comment
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What is a green card in this circumstance? I take it this is a new use of the phrase, because for a very long time "green card" was synonymous with permanent residency (they're no longer green, but the name persisted).

I'm sure some companies might be a little choosy if you had worked for a grow operation, but as Susan D noted, testing positive would be a much bigger issue than the work itself.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Personally I don't think working in a grow facility would be a good idea for anyone considering a future in trucking. The stigma attached with it could be quite a hinderance to your employment opportunities. It sure as heck isn't going to help you in any way, and of course there are a million jobs out there which would not be any concern to future employers.

Make smart decisions for the long term. Don't just do what's easiest to do right now and put yourself behind the 8 ball later on.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I completely agree with Brett. It would look so bad if you really want a future in trucking.

In that study in Germany, apparently they took 10 people, who did not partake ever and had not been exposed to second hand smoke and had them roll only one joint a day. They tested them daily. They were all showing trace amounts on urine test within 2 weeks and tested positive on hair for over a month from what I understand.

Stay away from that stuff and away from anyone who uses it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John R.'s Comment
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thank you for the advise, your opinion on any subject related to trucking carries weight. unfortunatly i wish it was that simple. the other problem that is complicating things is that i have had a sizabls stroke and have been told by people(no on in the trucking industry ) that the fact ive had a stroke would make it almost impossable for me to get hired as a trucker, plus i am diabetic. so do i go foe a sure thing now to make a living or hold off for something that might only be a dream? thanks

Personally I don't think working in a grow facility would be a good idea for anyone considering a future in trucking. The stigma attached with it could be quite a hinderance to your employment opportunities. It sure as heck isn't going to help you in any way, and of course there are a million jobs out there which would not be any concern to future employers.

Make smart decisions for the long term. Don't just do what's easiest to do right now and put yourself behind the 8 ball later on.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Diabetics can and do have their CDL-A and have thriving careers. The stroke thing isn't necessarily a "NO" either, you just have a few more hoops to jump through to make sure you are healthy enough to drive.

It really sounds like you aren't very committed to this career, so have fun in your grow facility.

If you opt to make a real commitment to trucking, it can be a excellent paying, rewarding path for those who are dedicated and have an excellent work ethic. If you choose that path, we'll be glad to offer advice and there are members here who know how to get the medical waiver, etc that you will probably need to pursue trucking.

I wish you the best.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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