New research suggests that 15% of Americans working from home during the pandemic were consuming marijuana.
The data the research is based on came from a poll conducted by AmericanMarijuana.org.
There are various other findings in addition to 15% of remote employees saying they worked from home under the influence of marijuana at some point since March 2020. This included over 41% of remote employees under 30 saying they puffed on the clock.
Participation rates dipped a bit with age, or the older people are the less willing to admit to smoking on the clock. Not the case for younger demographics. The data found more than 1 in 3 remote employees ages 30-49 used cannabis at work. That being said, the more veteran members of the workforce were not that far behind. Thirty percent of respondents were willing to admit to indulging in a little weed while they sailed towards their retirement years.
As for the gender breakdown on who is puffing from home at work, it was pretty even. The poll found 36.6% of men took part and 37.9% So women were more likely to spark up before the Zoom call.
The breakdown across white- and blue-collar jobs is a bit more of a bummer. While 44.9% of white-collar workers felt comfortable admitting to their on-the-clock use, 21.6% of blue collar workers did. Part of what’s happening there is blue collar workers are more likely to be drug tested, and a lot of white-collar jobs outside the transportation and defense sectors don’t.
Where the use fell on the corporate ladder was also pretty even. This can be seen with 37.6% of employees admitting to puffing on the clock, while 34.7% of managers did.
And while everyone was puffing at home, it seemed like things changed for the better back at many people’s offices they’ll eventually return to. The data found 38% of the remote employees’ employers changed their marijuana policy during the pandemic.
And since they were able to puff on the clock, people found themselves using more cannabis. Thirty percent of remote employees said their drug use increased since before the pandemic. For 53%, the pandemic was the first time they ever got high on the clock.
The respondents also broke down the rules at their places of employment when it came to working from home. According to respondents, 8.2% of employers said it was fine any time, 36.1% said it was acceptable outside work, 35.3% said it was not allowed and 20.5% were simply unsure where their bosses stood at the moment. Seventy-two percent of people said they were fine with their employer’s current marijuana policy, and it didn’t need to be altered. Eleven percent wanted things more strict, while 16.8% wanted their lob to loosen things up a bit.
One of the funnier parts of the data was people’s perceptions of cannabis use inside their workplace. Only 12.5% of respondents believed everyone at work puffed, another 12.5% thought their bosses did, 37.2% thought their immediate coworkers did and 37.9% were convinced nobody was getting high.
As for getting high with everyone they worked with? Only 13% were down to puff with everybody, 17.8% were ready to smoke with just the boss in hopes of climbing the ladder, 28.7% were willing to smoke with their coworkers and 40.2% thought this was all generally a bad idea.
The most popular time to puff at work was during breaks, with smoking towards the end of the shift not far behind.