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Study - Employee Sick Day Use Decreased In States w/ Medical Marijuana Legalization

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Originally reported by the Washington Post, a recent study suggests the opposite of what many would expect when it comes to employee usage of sick days since the legalization of marijuana is certain states. 


The Study & Results


Darin F. Ullman, PhD, a Health Economist at The Lewin Group, recently did a study titled 'The Effect of Medical Marijuana on Sickness Absence,' where Ullman looked at data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for sick-day utilization data for the states which legalized medical marijuana. 


While some might have expected more people to be taking sick days in order to get high, by comparing pre and post legalization data, the study found the opposite. In fact, "respondents were 8% less likely to report being absent from work due to health issues after medical marijuana laws."


Opposing Views


For a completely opposite view on marijuana and its role in the workplace, be sure to check out the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace's '10 Facts About Marijuana' including some disputable facts such as:

  • "Fact #6: Marijuana is not medicine."

  • "Fact #8: Marijuana is a gateway drug."

  • "Fact #10: Most Americans do not want marijuana use to become commonplace."


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