Even in legal states, you can get fired for being high on the job, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping anyone.
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Recreational cannabis is now legal for adults in nine states. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 more. All that relaxation of the laws is starting to have an effect. “High” is becoming a more common state of mind.
We already learned, last October, that 39 percent of cannabis users in legal states now feel comfortable driving high. What else are people comfortable doing under the influence of weed? If you guessed “going to work high,” award yourself a joint.
Instamotor, an auto sales app, is the same company which conducted the driving while high survey. On January 25, they polled 600 cannabis users in states where recreational use is legal.
Nearly half of marijuana users—48 percent—have gone to work high, according to the survey. Of those who go to work high, half think they’d be fired if they got caught. But nearly three in four (73 percent) say they perform better at their jobs while high.
Interestingly, the legality of weed didn’t appear to be a major factor among these users. Almost three of four (74 percent) said they had gone to work under the influence of weed before recreational marijuana was legal in their state.
“It helps me get in the zone and look at different angles,” creative illustrator Richard Hatter at Hired Guns Creative in Nanaimo, B.C. told Fast Company. “It’s something I use as a tool in my life to get a creative edge.”
There are a few considerations if you’re interested in working high and keeping your job, according to Instamotor.
First, even if recreational cannabis is legal in your state, employers can still choose to maintain a “drug-free environment.” That means they can and will still drug test you if they want. Residual cannabis in your system can mean you’re excluded from job opportunities. And it can even mean you get fired from your current job.
Secondly, driving high to work is still illegal. That means if you want to be at work, you might have to get creative about how to make that happen.
Lastly, if you’re considering taking a few hits on your break or at lunch, think again. Despite recreational use being legal in many states, public consumption is still against the law. Anywhere you’re in public view—including your parked car—is considered “public consumption.” Getting written up at lunch for smoking a joint won’t sit well with anyone but the very coolest of bosses.