High at Work

The Story

The city council passed a first-in-the-nation law last week, prohibiting most employers from testing prospective new hires for marijuana. Proponents cast it as a victory for equity and opportunity; employee drug-testing, they argue, unfairly punishes a habit irrelevant to job performance. But many people who smoke pot confess to getting high at work, and it’s not clear why private employers should be prevented from screening workers for a substance that remains illegal in New York State.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Work ethic: Regular marijuana users demonstrate low commitment to work. Read more.

  2. Mentally ill: Cannabis use is associated with the development of mental illness, and the risk is higher for more frequent users. Read more.

  3. Jail: Advocates’ claims that enforcement of marijuana laws has “flooded” America’s prisons don’t stand up to scrutiny. Read more.

“Learning, memory, and attention are impaired after using cannabis, and the damage may last even after people stop using it.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Pot Possession and the Police By Heather Mac Donald (June 7, 2012)

“Reforming marijuana laws is one thing; demonizing the NYPD is another.”

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