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Most Sacramento Employers Say Recreational Pot Not A Workplace Issue

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

It looks like relatively few Sacramento area companies have had to deal with legalized recreational pot in the workplace. A survey of the Sacramento region's top employers asked if recreational marijuana use in the first three months of 2018 resulted in any workplace issues.

"Twenty-seven percent of those responding said 'yes,'" according to Rick Reed who conducted the telephone survey between late February and late March for the placement firm Pacific Staffing.

"Among the impacts noted were: employers who fired people for actually keeping a stash at work that was discovered by another employee; more red-eye being observed on the job; absenteeism, tardiness; and one employer reporting a job injury which they attributed to drug-use inattention," says Reed.

He says most employers responded that little has changed in at-work policy.

"Sixty-two percent report they are still pre-testing (employees for drugs), 36 percent say that they are randomly testing because of safety, transportation or other federal issues, and another 36 percent described their company as drug-free, with 11 percent of other companies stating a zero-tolerance policy," says Reed.

The survey also asked companies about hiring in the second-quarter. Sixty-five percent said they plan to add new workers with hiring equally split between workforce expansion and attrition.

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