Stereotypes and medical marijuana in the workplace
Fuhrman, Shane Allen
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Marijuana is growing in acceptance as a legitimate form of treatment for many disorders, injuries, and illnesses. However, due in large part to Federal law and social stereotypes, medical marijuana is still not considered an acceptable medication to organizations that drug test their workforce. While companies are generally protected legally from granting the same allowances for medical marijuana as they do for other medications, a change in Federal law could force employers to face the reality of a workforce that includes those who use marijuana as a medicine. The current study used policy capturing to investigate whether the social stereotypes of marijuana use translate into workplace stereotypes that affect judgments co-workers. Results showed individuals do consider marijuana use when making judgments of reliability, safety, and performance of potential co-workers. Those who use marijuana are were found to be judged less positively than those who do not use marijuana. Moderating variables of this finding are examined. Findings suggest future research in variables that may decrease stereotyping of medical marijuana users is necessary to prepare for future Federal policy changes that may occur.