Gaining Buy-In by Incorporating Manager Sentiment Towards Cannabis When Amending Organizational Drug and Alcohol Policies

Publication Date : 07/01/2024

Author(s) :

Steven Boyd, Dr. Drew Hinton.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
Issue 1
(01 - 2024)

Abstract :

This article examines the differences between federal, state, and jurisdictional recreational cannabis laws and how these differences are creating challenges and risks for organizations. Research for this article was conducted by surveying 118 managers and supervisors from varying businesses across the U.S. to gauge their perspective on what components of a drug and alcohol policy are important to them. Realizing managers and supervisors may not be knowledgeable of rapidly evolving state, district and jurisdictional cannabis laws, a brief training was provided to managers and supervisors after which they were asked to answer some of the same questions to see if their responses were affected. This research revealed that manager and supervisor perceptions of changing cannabis law should in fact necessitate a careful review, and most likely an amendment of their organizations drug and alcohol policies. Organizations that review and amend their drug and alcohol policies to align with changing cannabis laws, and that consider manager and supervisor perceptions will maximize their potential for proper implementation and management of their drug and alcohol policy to ensure compliance and most importantly employee safety. Keywords: Cannabis Legalization, Recreational Cannabis, Employer Cannabis Policies, Workplace Safety and Cannabis

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