Cannabis seeds a new image and a new way of thinking about weed — a new study that takes a look at sick day statistics reveals surprising data. Employees are using fewer sick days since their states have legalized medical marijuana. There is an eight percent overall decrease in employees using sick days in 24 states, and those are the states where weed has been legalized.
The weed legalization argument could be significantly strengthened by the study. It seems that the more relaxed the state regulation of cannabis, the less absenteeism was reported. States with fewer restrictions in their marijuana laws show a more dramatic improvement, with a 13 percent reduction in employees using sick days.
The new study by Darin F. Ullman titled, “The Effect of Medical Marijuana on Sickness Absence” shows exactly the opposite of what the experts predicted. It calls into question old ideas about cannabis, seeds a new image for advocacy, and steals the thunder of opponents.
“Utilizing the Current Population Survey, the study identifies that absences due to sickness decline following the legalization of medical marijuana. The effect is stronger in states with ‘lax’ medical marijuana regulations, for full-time workers, and for middle-aged males, which is the group most likely to hold medical marijuana cards.”
Cannabis seeds a new image, with new studies like this one. Already, weed is gaining credibility as a medicinal treatment. It’s taking on Epilepsy as a powerful treatment according to Inquisitr.
Legalizing weed would be bad for the workplace environment, predicted the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace. Their view as presented was very negative, but it represents what many thought would happen.
“Fact #1: Legalizing marijuana is bad for the workplace.
The impact of employee marijuana use is seen in the workplace in lower productivity, increased workplace accidents and injuries, increased absenteeism, and lower morale. This can and does seriously impact the bottom line.”
The new cannabis study seems to fly in the fact of those predictions, proving or at least inferring that people are helped enough by medical marijuana use to be able to come to work more often, not that people are laying out because they are too high to work. By definition, the study doesn’t actually prove that medical cannabis is preventing absenteeism. Other factors could have been involved in the lower numbers, but the implications are there.
Other new studies on the effects of cannabis also seed a new image for weed. According to Inquisitr, cannabis use can ease migraine headaches, a frequent cause of employee absences. While more studies are needed to explain how weed works on various conditions and what, if any, lasting effects it might cause, according to Inquisitr, as of now scientists do not understand how Cannabis works in the human body to ease suffering.
Legalizing weed was predicted to overwhelmingly increase absenteeism as well as a host of other worker-related problems. The Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace article continues to predict dire consequences involving the legalization of weed.
“Drug-abusing employees are absent from work ten times more frequently than their non-using peers, and the turnover rate is 30 percent higher than for those employees who do not engage in illicit drug abuse. Workers who reported drug use are significantly more likely to have worked for three or more employers in the past year, and to have higher rates of unexcused absences and voluntary turnover in the past year.”
Legalizing weed, contrary to these previous assumptions could actually boost productivity in the U.S. The question is, when will the official opinion toward weed change? Could employees finally see an end to those drug tests nationwide or at least a trend away from targeting cannabis use specifically? Could the seeds of change be in the wind?
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Whether the new study about Cannabis seeds new ideas about weed, is yet to be seen but preliminary results look like a good argument for the legalization of Marijuana.
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