Business owners slightly more prepared for legalized medical than recreational use
ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 19, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Today, 46 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted legislation allowing the consumption of marijuana or Cannabidiol with or without prescriptions. New research from Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, benefits, human resources, and insurance services, suggests that more than one-third of business owners with fewer than 500 employees are not yet prepared to manage the impact of legalized marijuana on the workplace.
According to the Paychex study, business owners are slightly more prepared to manage legalized medical use than recreational use:
The study revealed that, among industry sectors, professional services is the most prepared (70%) for medical use and the least prepared for recreational use (58%). Manufacturing and retail/wholesale are the most prepared industries for recreational use (tied at 64%), while manufacturing is the least prepared for medical use (64%).
For William Hummer, DDS, a dental practice in San Leandro, Calif., the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medicinal use has sporadically impacted patients entering the door, but the office policy restricting employees from arriving at work under the influence of marijuana remains intact.
"California legalized marijuana a few years ago, and so far the only impact we've seen is the occasional patient arriving to the office under the influence," said Nicole Corvello, registered dental assistant and office manager at William Hummer, DDS. "When it comes to our employees, we follow the rule that if you can't work and drink alcohol, you can't work under the influence of marijuana. It remains our office's position that what people choose to do on their own time is their business."
To view a breakdown of which states have passed marijuana legislation to date, visit Paychex WORX for an infographic that also features other regulatory issues gaining traction at the state and local levels.
About the Paychex Business Survey
Paychex polled 500 randomly selected business owners with fewer than 500 employees. The survey was administered online by Bredin, a third-party research firm, between February 15, 2019 and February 26, 2019 and yielded a +/- 4% margin of error.
Disclaimer: The data cited in this news release represents the opinions of the survey respondents and not those of Paychex or its employees.