Nearly Half of Marijuana Users Have Gone to Work High

Marijuana users not only feel comfortable going to work while high, many believe it allows them to perform their jobs better.

Nearly Half of Marijuana Users Have Gone to Work High

With recreational marijuana now legal in nine states and medical marijuana legal in 29 states, “high” is becoming a common state of mind. We already know 39% of cannabis users in these states feel comfortable driving while high, according to a previous Instamotor survey. What else are people doing under the influence of marijuana? Going to work, apparently.

We surveyed 600 marijuana users in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

The Results

Nearly half (48%) of marijuana users have gone to work high.

How Often Do You Go To Work High?
39% - at least once per week
17% - at least once per month
28% - several times per year
18% - not within the last year

Of those who go to work high, half (50%) believe they would be fired if it was discovered, despite nearly 3 in 4 (73%) saying they perform better at their jobs while high and (74%) saying they have gone to work high before recreational marijuana was legalized in their state.

Things to Keep in Mind If You’re Going to Work High

Employers can still drug test you. Even if recreational marijuana is legal in your state employers can still drug test you and can choose to maintain a drug and alcohol free environment. This means marijuana in your system can still exclude you from potential job opportunities or cause you to be terminated from your current job.

Driving high to work is still illegal. Despite our previous study illuminating that many marijuana users feel comfortable driving under the influence of marijuana, it’s still illegal. Though there isn’t yet a definitive marijuana limit or the equivalent of Blood Alcohol Content, you can still be charged with driving under the influence. So if you’re headed to work high, take the bus.

Leave the pot at home. Thinking about taking a few puffs on your break outside or a lunch session in your car? Think again. Despite recreational use being legalized in many states, public consumption is still illegal. Anywhere in public view, including your parked car is considered public consumption.


We surveyed 600 marijuana users in the states where recreational marijuana is legal via the survey platform Pollfish. The survey was conducted Jan. 25, 2017.

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