Medical Marijuana In The Workplace

Ally Cole, brand manager for ELOC Global, and Gary Edwards, President of ERS Antenna, discuss medical marijuana and what it means for the workplace. Gary says that medical marijuana is here to stay so employers (and employees) will need to get familiar with rules and regulation related to it, which is confusing because it seems there are new rules and regulations being released constantly. Gary says that medical marijuana is here to stay because it has been proven to have medicinal effects for various types of people (trauma patients, those with brain disorders, people with Parkinson’s, etc) while at the same time producing little to no side effect.

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For people with cancer who lose their appetites, medical marijuana can help them regain it so they can eat the necessary amount of food for their nourishment.

Medical marijuana, Medical Marijuana In The Workplace

Job seekers who live in states where marijuana is available for medical or recreational uses will need to be knowledgeable of the requirements for the employers they are looking to get hired.

Medical marijuana, Medical Marijuana In The Workplace

If an employer requires a job seeker to pass a drug test prior to being hired, the job seeker will need to take that into account before using marijuana in such states. It is unclear if employers in such states will treat marijuana usage like alcohol usage, whereby consumption during off-hours is completely up to the employee (as long as they don’t do it too close to the start of work hours to the point it impacts their work).

Gary says that one effect medical marijuana will have on the economy is reducing the number of available workers for jobs where passing a drug test is a requirement, especially for the defense industry or jobs that require a security clearance. Another area of the economy that will be affected is the housing market, for reasons such as attracting those who would want to move to a state where marijuana is legal or repelling those who would not. Gary believes in the end medical marijuana will have an overall positive effect after the laws are fully established and workplace policies are better developed. If you want to follow up with Ally, you can email her at ally@elocglobal.com.

Key Takeaways

• Gary says that medical marijuana is here to stay because it has been proven to have medicinal effects for various types of people (trauma patients, those with brain disorders, people with Parkinson’s, etc) while at the same time producing little to no side effect.

• Job seekers who live in states where marijuana is available for medical or recreational uses will need to be knowledgeable of the requirements for the employers they are looking to get hired. If an employer requires a job seeker to pass a drug test prior to being hired, the job seeker will need to take that into account before using marijuana in such states.