Business professionals can face stressful days that involve some very intense thinking and they need to have access to all of their faculties. Sometimes though, a little marijuana can go a long way in assisting the professional creatively and by calming them. Generally speaking, getting stoned at work makes for an unproductive day, but everything is relative, right?
In 2017, marijuana fans can legally enjoy partaking in nine US states with another 30 states allowing the use of medicinal remedying. Even though pot use is becoming more and more prevalent, how long would you keep your job if your boss found out you were high while on the job?
Despite the fact that you could run circles around your “straight-laced” coworkers while high, there is still a massive stigma around being a “professional” that uses marijuana. While I’m certainly not advocating getting baked at work, the fact is that a lot of people do- and it can actually help you succeed in the workplace.
Personally speaking, I tend to approach problems more creatively when I take a few puffs. Suddenly, that months-old obstacle that has been keeping coworkers from getting the resources they need suddenly becomes an “aha!” moment when I take a fully-baked swing at the situation:
“I know we’ve always done things this way, but if we make this part in-house we can save such-and-such dollars and cut two months off of our procurement time.”
This was a real-life example of how “Professional Joel” saved his employer countless time and cost- all because of a cannabis-cladded epiphany that occurred after a stressful day at work. Why hadn’t others already come up with this solution, I thought? Perhaps because like most good worker robots, they show up to work every day and turn off their brains.
There are numerous examples of top-tier CEOs, professionals, and athletes that have admitted to using marijuana regularly and some that are extremely open about promoting the legalization of marijuana in the workplace. Take my travel guide hero Rick Steves, for example. As a longtime supporter and regular user of the sticky icky, one of his statements has forever resonated with me:
“I’m a hardworking, tax-paying, kid-raising, church-going citizen of this country… and if I work hard all day long and want to go home and relax with a joint, that is my civil liberty.”
Along with Rick Steves there’s also Michael Phelps, Martha Stewart, Paul McCartney, Joe Rogan, and the list goes on. If pot use at the highest levels of televised celebrity doesn’t seem to be hindering any careers, why does the average worker have to constantly worry about losing his or her job over smoking weed?