I understand that this topic covers a broad variety of subjects, and I do not expect to find all my answers in one place. Therefore, any substantiated answers to the provided questions are highly appreciated.
Here's my scenario: I currently live in Texas, and approximately 2 years ago I received two class C misdemeanors. I received and completed deferred adjudication for both charges. I recently formed a resolve to take a test to become a certified pharmacy technician (until I figure out what I want to do) and move to Colorado.
1 ) Unfortunately, there is a criminal background check that is processed (I assume) by the licensing organization. As class C misdemeanors, I think I have to wait something like 5 years since the date of the incident before the licensing organization will look past those charges, and that is far too long. From my research, I believe that I am eligible to have those records expunged, and essentially I am looking for someone who can confirm this under my circumstances, and if at all possible point me in the right direction for beginning that process.
2) My next question is a theoretical. Let's say everything goes as planned - I'm a pharmacy technician living in Colorado. For a state like Texas, someone in a similar job position would be subject to drug testing. I do not do hard drugs or pills, I don't smoke cigarettes and I scarcely drink - but I do smoke marijuana. My question then, naturally, is would I be prohibited from ingesting THC under this job position in Colorado? My government prof told us the other day that some legislation was recently passed legalizing cannabis in all of Colorado, as compared to only Denver previously. I would be willing to quit smoking for a somewhat decent job, but logic would dictate that I would be permitted to smoke under those circumstances. This theoretical assumes that I am not "stoned" at work, and that I have a medical marijuana card. Could anyone enlighten me with concrete evidence?
Please do not regurgitate propaganda borne from racism and greed as to criticize the lifestyle I would like to create. I'm not asking if you think my desires are moral :P
Once again, a preemptive thanks to any concrete, substantiated information anyone can present on any of these topics!!