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Workplace2017-02-28T09:25:38+00:00

Workplace

  • 69% of current illicit drug users are employed either full or part time.1
  • Marijuana impairs short-term memory, attention, judgment, cognitive functions, coordination and balance.2
  • Employers are not required to accommodate marijuana use among employees even if the employee has a medical marijuana card. Marijuana is still a federally illegal drug and company drug policies can prohibit the use of marijuana, even off-duty. This decision was upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court.3
  • Studies show that marijuana use is associated with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims and job turnover: 85% more injuries 75% increase in absenteeism.4
  • Research shows that persistent marijuana users were easily distracted – misplacing things, forgetting to keep appointments or return calls.5
  • Impairment from marijuana can last 24 hours or even longer. In a study conducted with nine pilots flying an aircraft simulator, 7 pilots still showed signs of impairment from smoking after 24 hours.6
  • Workers who tested positive for marijuana use had disciplinary problems at work 64% more often than workers who tested negative for marijuana.7
  1. National Survey on Drug Use and Health: SAMHSA, 2013.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2012.
  3. Wallace, A., & Steffen, J. 2015. Colorado Supreme Court.
  4. Zwerling C, Ryan J, Orav EJ. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1990.
  5. Volkow, N.D., M.D. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2012.
  6. Leirer VO1, Yesavage JA, Morrow DG. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 1991.
  7. Zwerling C, Ryan J, Orav EJ. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1990.