Marijuana is finding its way into more than just brownies these days. Fueled by the wave of states that have approved legalized marijuana, new industries and products have emerged that cater to pot consumers.
New methods of processing marijuana have yielded highly potent forms of marijuana called Butane Hash Oil (BHO) or Honey Oil, with THC levels up to 80%, that can be easily added to an array of candies, cookies, sodas, and snack foods. Marijuana edibles allow for easy and secret consumption of the drug making it possible for users to become quite intoxicated. By comparison, the THC potency of dried marijuana, potency has risen from 4% in 1995 to 20% in 2015 according to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Using these potent extracts, a wide variety of everyday foods and products are already available including snacks, sweets, candies, breakfast foods, pizza, ice cream, and beverages such as sodas and craft beers. This makes it easy for people to consume pot, anywhere and at any time. Food items are available at marijuana dispensaries and pot shops in those states that allow them. These products have already found their way into workplaces across the country.
To address the issue of marijuana in the workplace, employers should always strive to make employee safety a top priority because every employee has the right to expect to be safe in the workplace. This can be accomplished by ensuring that safety is made a specific responsibility of all workers, which includes adhering to the company drug-free workplace policy.