New Study on Marijuana and the Workplace

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) in conjunction with The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have announced plans to “collaborate on education and recommendations aimed at raising awareness and better understanding of worker impairment” as it relates to the use of marijuana in the workplace.

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In a press release published earlier this month, the joint agencies cited changing attitudes, combined with a serious lack of real knowledge as the main reasons why this study is needed.

Many states have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes and two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized it for recreational use. Because these laws are relatively new, however little has been really done to identify potential problems with marijuana and it’s effects in the workplace.

One study has found that fatal crashes involving Marijuana have tripled in the past few years since marijuana has been decriminalized. It stands to reason that there are going to be problems in the workplace as well.