Inquisitr published a review of a study done on absenteeism in states where medical marijuana were legalized.
Cannabis, the ugly duckling of the medicinal herb world, might gain an altogether new image as a study shows that people allowed to use it goes to work more often.
A recent study took a look at sick day statistics, and showed some surprising data. Contrary to what was expected, the 24 states where medical cannabis has been legalized showed an overall 8% drop in sick days filed. Is it possible that employees use less sick days since the state they live in has legalized medical marijuana?
This study may strengthen the argument for legalization dramatically as it shows a correlation between lenient the state’s laws on cannabis and less absenteeism. The less the restrictions on medical marijuana by law of a state, the more dramatic the improvement, some states had up to 13% less incidents of employees calling in for sick days.
Recent study seeds a new image
The study “The Effect of Medical Marijuana on Sickness Absence” by Darin F. Ullman found the exact opposite of what was predicted by experts. It questions the prejudice against cannabis, and the stigma attached to it.
The survey utilized the current population, and identifies that absence from work due to illness declined after medical marijuana was legalized. The states with slacker medical marijuana regulations showed a stronger effect in the groups most likely to hold medical marijuana cards: full-time workers, and middle-aged men.
Cannabis is gaining credibility fast as a powerful treatment for epilepsy and other ailments, and with studies like this, it might even lose its bad image soon.
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Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace proved wrong
The Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace explicitly stated legalizing cannabis would be bad for the workplace environment. The views the Institute presented were very negative, but represented what many people thought would be the case.
A “fact” that was put forward was: “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 study by Ullman annihilates these statements, or at least concludes that people using medical cannabis are helped enough by using it to go to work more often, and they are not so high that they lie around at home all day. The study doesn’t prove medical cannabis is preventing absenteeism as other factors could be involved, but it implies it very strongly.
Migraines and headaches cured?
Common reasons for skipping a workday include migraine and headaches, for which medical cannabis is frequently used. More research is needed to explain exactly how cannabis works in various conditions, and if it has lasting side-effects. At the moment, scientists don’t understand how cannabis works in alleviating pain.
Predictions were that if weed were legalized it would cause significant problems in the workplace, first and foremost an overwhelming rise in absenteeism. The Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace further predicted employees abusing drugs are absent ten times more than peers not using drugs, and the rate of turnover is 30% higher than for employees not using illicit drugs. Employees who use drugs are more likely to have worked for three or more employers in a year and have higher rates of absence without an excuse.
However, this finding includes all illicit drugs. Could cannabis actually have been reducing absenteeism figures all along?
Cannabis for health
It seems like cannabis for health is proving to be of great benefit to the bottom line of industry and also of great benefit to the economy in more ways than one! Do you think this amazing research finding will stand up to closer scrutiny?