Thursday, 25 January 2018
One of my friends with my former employers just texted me. Awhile back they hired a tech for the lab. We'd had such a turnover during my employment with them that the second I met a new employee, I'd profile him or her and tell The Crack or Big Al what that person's hang up was and how long they would make it with us.
For example, the last tech they hired: unshaven skinny 30-something kid with a toque; with the hipster look - "Hey Al, why'jya hire a pot head?" A month later, the kid smells like weed, shows up at work high as a kite - and home he goes.
The last one was a pot head too - this time a mousey looking lady in her fourties. "He Al - why'djya hire another pot head after having to fire the last one?" Poor Al grit his teeth and told us to FOAD, or we could hire the next one with his compliments. Sure enough, one day she shows up high as a kite, stinking of weed, and gets sent home.
The next day she shows up at work with a note from her doctor. It's medical pot!!!
I personally don't care as far as my former employers go; their shop could burn to the ground and I could care less (except for my friends there, of course). But... what about a regular business? What are the legal ramifications of this? How is an honest employer supposed to cope with legal pot heads in the workplace now? Will it be legal to fire "medicated patients" from work? How can you be expected to hire somebody like that and be productive and responsible?
Interesting times are ahead.