November 13, 2020 02:30 pm ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
The War on Drugs has historically relied upon scare tactics and misinformation to steer people away from drug use. But it has also further complicated legalization efforts and kept lawmakers from establishing policies that would seek to combat racism and keep people out of prison. No substance has been more unfairly maligned by the War on Drugs than cannabis. Inaccurately classified as a Schedule I narcotic despite the fact that it has recognized medicinal uses, cannabis has been ignorantly woven into narratives designed to frighten people who don’t know any better.
One of our primary jobs here at Veriheal is to cut through these misleading knots and get to the truth, destigmatizing cannabis and allowing people to make decisions about their cannabis use that are based on actual facts rather than scare tactics.
Some Myths You May Have Heard
It’s difficult to know where to begin when talking about cannabis myths because there are just so many lies and exaggerations out there. One of the most popular these days is that legalizing cannabis will lead to increased crime rates, which is demonstrably false. In states where cannabis has been legalized, the crime rate has actually dropped because the stats are no longer being padded with arrests for minor cannabis-related crimes. What’s more, not having to police nonviolent cannabis crimes has freed law enforcement officers in those states up to focus their attention on actual, serious crime, with the result being that crime rates drop significantly in states where cannabis is legal.
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According to the findings of the study, using cannabis during work hours (or immediately before work hours) did show negative correlations when it came to job performance. This is unsurprising, since THC, which is often present in cannabis, is an intoxicating substance, and people’s ability to perform detailed work is likely to be inhibited when they’re in an altered mental state. But more notably, the study also found that after-hours cannabis use had no negative impact on job performance. As long as employees were sober during work hours, their job performance was unimpaired. In fact, Dr. Jeremy Bernerth, one of the study’s coauthors, suggested that after-hours cannabis use might even provide some benefits to employees, as it would allow them to relax and destress, thus enabling them to return to work the next day with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
So enjoy your after-work smoke, vape, or edible treat guilt-free. Your ability to do your job won’t be harmed as long as you keep your cannabis use a practice in which you participate on your own time, and not during work hours.
Kat Helgeson comes from a ten year career in social media marketing and content creation. She takes pride in her ability to communicate the culture and values of an organization via the written word. Kat is also the author of numerous books for young adults. Her titles have received the Junior Library Guild Award, the Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year Distinction, and been featured on the Illinois Reads selection list. Her work has been translated into Dutch and German.
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