USA: Weed and Work – Don’t Mix, But Who Cares?

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1 in 4 marijuana users get high at work in states with legal weed, survey says

Originally published March 13, 2019 at 4:20 am Updated March 13, 2019 at 10:38 am

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

A survey of 900 pot consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado reveal some of the habits of marijuana users.

By  Gene Balk / FYI Guy Seattle Times columnist

It’s probably not a good idea – and it can’t be great for productivity – but that’s not stopping a lot of Washingtonians from doing it.

I’m talking about getting high at work.

One in four marijuana users who are employed admit to doing this within the past year, according to a new survey of cannabis consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states where recreational weed is legal.

One in four also said they’ve gotten high before work – I’m guessing it’s the same one in four, but the survey doesn’t specify.

While the survey shows that getting stoned at work is a fairly commonplace activity, so is drug testing. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they’ve been subjected to a drug test that checked for cannabis within the past year. And just about the same number said they stopped getting high for a while in order to pass the test.

It worked for most. Nine percent indicated that they still failed the test.

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