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Getting High On The Job And Other Ways The Tech Community Is Embracing Weed


There aren’t many industries that have been more welcoming to the cannabis community than technology. And industry adoption of cannabis couldn’t have come at a better time.

Because cutting-edge technology has been crucial in connecting cannabis brands and products with their consumers while Meeting expectations regulators, it’s natural to wonder how accepting employees in the tech industry are of the substance itself. Some of the signs that indicate a growing level of cannabis acceptance may surprise you.

Only 5-6% of private sector cybersecurity companies test drugs for cannabis

In recent years, the FBI has struggled to select the best and brightest cybersecurity talent due to their restrictive drug testing regulations. Private sector companies looking for top talent in the world of cybersecurity don’t have the same problem given that they don’t do as much drug testing.

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Former FBI Director James Comey claimed in a partially joking manner that part of the problem when it came to hiring for cybersecurity roles was that “some of these kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview”. This clearly indicates that some of the employees preventing the theft of data from some of our favorite brands are likely big cannabis enthusiasts.

Amazon no longer tests cannabis and supports federal legalization

Being one of the biggest and most valuable tech brands on the planet today, Amazon is responsible for setting trends. From grocery delivery to one-day shipping, the brand has introduced many transformative changes.

The next major change that the online market may be responsible for is the removal of weed testing. In June 2021, the company said that following changes to cannabis laws across the country, it would no longer be testing for cannabis.

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Moreover, the company announced that its public policy will actively support the passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Clearance (MORE) Act. If more companies follow Amazon’s lead, cannabis testing will no longer serve as a barrier to long and fulfilling tech careers.

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Nearly 1 in 5 tech workers got stoned on the job before the pandemic

What is potentially the biggest indicator of the tech industry’s acceptance of cannabis is the fact that employees are becoming more comfortable using it at work. According to a survey conducted in 2019, 17% of tech workers used cannabis at work for many reasons, from facilitating relationships with co-workers to coping with day-to-day responsibilities.

Given that the poll was taken before the pandemic forced millions of employees to work from home, left to fend for themselves, it’s fair to wonder how much that number has grown. It’s also worth considering that other states such as New York and Virginia have legalized recreational cannabis use, which likely inflates this number as well.

Frankly, all things considered, it might be fair to assume that tech is one of the most cannabis-friendly industries to work in.



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