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  1. Drug testing for anything other than suspected intoxication is just persecution. Also, cannabis is no more potent than it was 5000 years ago. Higher quality is more readily available today but that doesn’t fit the prohibitionists agenda.

  2. Legal pot is definitely a concern — one hears from many companies doing business in Colorado that many workers can’t pass a drug screen or show up to work high.

  3. Excellent article! These trends are a real problem for employers, and are cause for concern. Pot edibles in particular; one small candy can impair an employee for hours; nothing remotely like that exists for alcohol.

  4. This article is total baloney describing a NON-PROBLEM. — Marijuana is not alcohol. The preponderance of the research shows marijuana consumption is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents. In 2015, the Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk report, produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that while drunken driving dramatically increased the risk of getting into an accident, there was no evidence that using marijuana heightened that risk.

    In fact, after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, the report found that drivers who had recently consumed marijuana were no more likely to crash than drivers who were not intoxicated at all.

  5. Smart employers prefer their employees consume near harmless marijuana (at home, after work), rather than addictive, very harmful, violence-inducing, traffic-carnage-causing, hangover-producing alcohol.

  6. Totally biased article citing conservative websites as evidence. Using National Affairs as a citation? Wow. Beware any article using words and phrases like “may cause”, “is possible”, “per se” , “is believed to”. Anything after those phrases in NOT fact.

  7. I’ve learned to look at source documents before commenting. The AAA analysis is here:
    https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/PrevalenceOfMarijuanaInvolvement.pdf

    In Washington, 2014 was a bad year, with 623 fatal accidents. Previous years included
    2010 – 619
    2011 – 606
    2012 – 591
    2013 – 592
    2014 – 623

    But guess what …
    According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT):
    Fatal Crashes in 2016 – 508

    If you actually read the AAA source document, it’s clear that concern about the role of legalized cannabis in fatal crashes is overblown.

    And the fact that the number of fatal accidents was so significantly reduced in 2016 makes this “current” workforce article look rather silly.

  8. The author, Jeff Z, is a rehab and drug testing industry shill.

    Prohibition is ineffective at “protecting” the public; yet prohibition is ENORMOUSLY effective in making certain authority figures rich.

    Don’t fall for Project SAM’s fear-tactics.

    Legalize. Tax. Regulate. Educate. Reduce harm.


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