Employees Call in Sick Less in States With Medical Marijuana Laws

Article by Copper Mountain Elixirs


According to a study just published by health economist Darin Ullman with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, employees in states with medical marijuana laws miss work less than workers in states without medical marijuana laws on the books.

According to the study of states that enacted medical marijuana laws between 1992 and 2012, full-time employees who live in states with medical marijuana laws on the books call in sick to work about 8% lessthan those in non-medical states. The study scrutinized pro-MMJ states even more closely and divided them up into “strict” states (those with small numbers of cardholders and tough supply-side restriction) and “lax” states (large number of cardholders, easy access to cannabis medicine) and found that employee absence due to sickness in “lax” states decreased by 13% overall.

“Lax” states

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

“Strict” states

  • Alaska
  • D.C.
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

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