It’s in all probability not a good suggestion — and it will probably’t be nice for productiveness — however that’s not stopping loads of Washingtonians from doing it.
I’m speaking about getting high at work.
One in 4 marijuana customers who’re employed admit to doing this inside the previous yr, in line with a brand new survey of hashish shoppers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states the place leisure weed is authorized.
One in 4 additionally stated they’ve gotten high earlier than work.
The advertising communications agency Quinn Thomas, which has workplaces in Seattle and Portland, funded the survey, which was carried out by polling-and-opinion outfit DHM Research. A consultant pattern of 900 hashish shoppers have been interviewed — 300 in every of the three states — from Jan. eight to 14. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three.three %.
“There is a lot of information out there about the cannabis industry and its regulatory structure, but not much is known about consumers,” stated Zach Knowling, vice chairman at Quinn Thomas, in an e-mail. “We felt our experience researching and reaching unique audiences could build greater understanding of who they are.”
Washington and Colorado each legalized leisure use of marijuana via voter initiatives in 2012, turning into the primary states to take action. Oregon adopted in 2014.
The survey exhibits that after legalization, many hashish shoppers elevated their utilization. In Washington 44 % of respondents stated they’re now common shoppers of pot (day by day or a couple of occasions per week), in contrast with 36 % who stated they consumed that a lot prelegalization.
With legalization, plainly marijuana has entered into the mainstream. Indeed, the survey knowledge present that recreational-cannabis shoppers look just about like the typical American. They are an in depth match to the U.S. common for family revenue and academic attainment. In the three states that have been surveyed, pot customers match the overall inhabitants breakdowns in phrases of race and ethnicity, age, political-party affiliation and different demographic elements.
There is one vital exception: Gender. Cannabis shoppers skew male by about 60 %, in accordance with the survey.
Even although marijuana is authorized and extensively widespread in the three states surveyed, the good majority of customers (79 %) nonetheless really feel there’s some lingering social stigma hooked up to it. Only about half say they’re utterly clear with household and buddies about their use of the drug.
Even if people really feel some social stigma nonetheless exists, a variety of marijuana customers aren’t precisely secretive about it — at least that’s true in Seattle, the place the passing odor of pot smoke has develop into one of many defining traits of metropolis sidewalks. While the good majority of these surveyed stated that house is the first place they eat hashish, multiple in six stated they sometimes get stoned away from house.
Survey respondents expressed a necessity for correct info relating to security and well being of hashish use, and nearly half (49 %) stated they trusted their native retailer for that. In comparability, solely 38 % stated they belief their well being care supplier.
“Staff at dispensaries are the most trusted source of information about cannabis, well above doctors and public health officials. That surprised us,” Knowling stated. “There’s an opportunity for state officials and health care experts to increase their role, particularly because consumers told us they want more information.”
Smoking is the preferred technique of hashish consumption — just a little greater than half stated that’s how they often use it. Only 18 % sometimes eat edibles, which ranks second, adopted by vaping and topicals (oils or lotions), in that order.
A big proportion of shoppers surveyed reported a modest family revenue, so it’s not shocking that 62 % pointed to cost as one of many two most necessary elements when buying marijuana (THC efficiency got here in second, at 45 %).
One exceptional discovering of the survey is that lower-income people spend probably the most on marijuana. One-quarter of shoppers with a family revenue of lower than $25,000 spent greater than $500 in a yr. As you go larger up the revenue ladder, the probability of spending that a lot cash on pot will get progressively decrease. In mild of that discovering, Washington’s 37 % sales-tax price on marijuana appears notably burdensome to individuals with decrease incomes.
While the survey exhibits that getting stoned at work is a reasonably commonplace exercise, so is drug testing. Twenty-one % of respondents stated they’ve been subjected to a drug check that checked for hashish inside the previous yr. And nearly the identical quantity stated they stopped getting high for some time in order to cross the check.