Cannabis consumption at the workplace is not a bright idea. This, after all, is a recreational drug with known psychoactive effects.
A study carried out in 2011 revealed that nearly 10 million workers in the U.S had abused drugs or alcohol in the preceding 12 months. Marijuana affects performance at the workplace; these effects vary with the age, weight, and personality of the individual. The quantity consumed, mixed with another substance or otherwise, will influence the speed with which weed affects the worker.
Consuming cannabis at the workplace places the consumer’s and co-worker’s health at risk. It also has an unfavorable effect on productivity. Weed consumption is associated with short-term memory issues, poor cognitive thinking, loss of coordination, loss of concentration, altered sensory perceptions, reduction in alertness, and poor reaction times.
The effects of a dose of weed may extend for up to six hours; that’s a day of work compromised. Marijuana is not something you’d want to consume and operate heavy vehicles. Weed can make workers lose interest in the job at hand. They may fall behind on activities, and find it difficult to pick up new skills.
Some companies now prefer to test employees for drugs and marijuana to ensure a safe work environment. For regular consumers of weed, the drug will show up urine even after six weeks of the last dose.
Although legal in many states, marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal laws. Businesses receiving federal funding have to be careful about their approach to weed.