Smoking weed at work

There are places of employment that allow you to have a J

You could do this while you're on the clock. Photo: Torben Hansen

You could do this while you’re on the clock. Photo: Torben Hansen

The state of Colorado legalised marijuana for fun 18 months ago. Alaska, Oregon and Washington have done the same. 25 states in all permit marijuana use at least for medical purposes. Colorado expects to receive $66 million of taxes as a result – cannabis will fund schools and pavements where otherwise the cash would have gone to Mexican drug cartels.

Jonathan Singer, a State Representative for Colorado, enthuses that the state has gone from 40th in terms of job creation to fourth and there are record numbers of tourists while crime has either stayed stable or declined. Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Nevada may follow in 2016.

The software provider

Flowhub, which provides software to the cannabis industry and is based in Denver, has been weed-friendly right from the start. One founder of the company, Kyle Sherman, remarked, “Our philosophy … is to get shit done.” And if smoking joints at work helps the 18 employees to do this, they can smoke. There have been no problems as a result: the company’s clients are the largest firms in the cannabis industry and, as Sherman highlighted, “We have to be on point with our work.” In fact, there have been benefits to productivity: when it comes to brainstorming meetings, “It definitely surfaces new ideas and a fresh take on things.”

The dating app

Darren Roberts, a co-founder of High There!, which supplies a dating app for cannabis users, speaks of how Denver is “the heart of the cannabis industry” and the drug is part of the culture. Cannabis has provided “breakthrough moments for our business.” Smoking joints at work tends to happen later in the day or at creative meetings.

The social network

MassRoots, a social network for cannabis-related businesses and consumers, has over 725,000 users and generated $40,000 a month in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue continues to grow. One of its co-founders, Isaac Dietrich, tells that everybody has to be as creative and productive as can be, day in, day out, and “if cannabis facilitates that, then we’re allowing it.”

But smoking is REALLY BAD

Smoking cannabis recreationally is legal in Colorado, but smoking in public places isn’t, so workers must either go outside or get their dose of cannabis from edibles and juices. Pot-oriented companies are more open about all that toking, but some companies outside the “marijuana space” aren’t, fearing it might put off investors.

In California, meanwhile, cannabis is legal only for medical purposes. Brandon David is employed by a San Franciscan software firm whose name he did not wish to disclose which has hundreds of customers. It is, he mentioned, “very well-known” that most employees indulge in smoking joints at work. His own intake keeps him focussed and manages his stress. Pot sometimes gives him what he describes as “a second wind,” enabling him to put in “a few more hours.” There are, he claims, far more companies that permit toking than are willing to admit to it.

It’s going to happen more

A survey by Employers Insurance that was released in October 2015 found that one fifth of small business owners would allow smoking joints at work by people who had a prescription for it.

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