For the past few years, cannabis has become more mainstream as attitudes and perceptions towards it change. Plenty of states have legalized either medical and recreational use or both, making it widely accessible. However, not everyone is on the cannabis train, and plenty of employers aren’t willing to hire staff who indulge in marijuana, either medically or to unwind.
They have been encouraged in part by several studies that have found a correlation between marijuana use and workplace accidents. The results of such studies have come into question after new research showed that marijuana users aren’t at a higher risk of workplace accidents. Titled ‘Systemic Review of Cannabis Use and Risk of Occupational Injury,’ the study was published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse and it found that adults who consume marijuana are no more likely to suffer injuries at work than employees who did not consume cannabis.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted a systematic review of scientific papers assessing the potential links between marijuana consumption and occupational accidents. According to the researchers, “few studies employed research designs that ensured that cannabis use preceded the occupational injury. Additionally, they say, other studies failed to adequately assess or control for confounding variables, such as the concurrent use of alcohol or other psychoactive substances.
They concluded that due to these limitations, “the current body of evidence does not provide sufficient evidence to support the position that cannabis users are at increased risk of occupational injury.” A similar study carried out by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2017 concluded that “there is no or insufficient evidence to support a statistical association between cannabis use and occupational accidents or injuries.”
This comes at a time when advocates have been fighting against workplace discrimination targeting employees who consume cannabis outside of work. The fact that current drug tests cannot prove exactly when THC was introduced into the system means that cannabis consumed over the weekend can get you in trouble even after it’s already worn off and you are 100% sober.
“In recent months, lawmakers in several municipalities including New York City, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington DC have enacted legislation limiting the use of marijuana-specific pre-employment drug screening,” says NORML, who first reported on the study. “Both Maine and Nevada have enacted state-specific legislation barring certain employers from refusing to hire a worker solely because he or she tested positive for cannabis on a pre-employment drug screen.”
Industry watchers believe that industry players like Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) hope that as more research about the safety of cannabis becomes available, members of the public will no longer be arbitrarily discriminated against for consuming a product with hardly any risks.
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