Understanding Manager Sentiment During America’s Movement Towards Cannabis Legalization

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 current federal cannabis law, the increasing passage of state, district, and jurisdictional recreational cannabis laws, and how these laws may influence potential impairment in the workplace. This research revealed that manager and supervisor perception of various cannabis laws positions them to be sympathetic to individuals that use cannabis outside of the workplace and for recreational purposes. The younger the manager or supervisor the more sympathetic they are. This disposition to being sympathetic may pose concern for organizations when expecting managers and supervisors to enforce workplace drug and alcohol policies. While managers and supervisors may be sympathetic to increased recreational cannabis use within the US, this research revealed they are also concerned about the potential for increased impairment in the workplace. In understanding manager and supervisor perceptions of the increasing trend of recreational cannabis legalization, organizations should strongly consider amending their drug and alcohol policies both to comply with new laws protecting employee off-duty cannabis use and to align with manager and supervisor perceptions. This alignment will allow for greater support from managers and supervisors in implementing and enforcing organizational drug and alcohol policies and most importantly ensure employee safety. Keywords: Cannabis Legalization, Management Cannabis Sentiment, Management Concerns with Cannabis, Workplace Safety and Cannabis, Cannabis Survey

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