Young Workers & Injuries in States Where Recreational Pot is Legal

A report from the JAMA Health Forum found that younger workers are being injured on the job at higher rates than older workers in the states that have legalized recreational pot use.

Before we move more deeply into the story, we need to list the states involved. It is legal to use marijuana legally in eight of the nine PIA Western Alliance states. The only PIA Western Alliance state where you cannot legally use pot recreationally is Idaho. Here are the other eight states:

Washington

Oregon

California

Montana

Nevada

New Mexico

Arizona

Alaska

These are the other states in the U.S. where marijuana can be legally used recreationally:

Colorado

Washington, D.C.

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Vermont

Guam

Illinois

New Jersey

New York

Virginia

Connecticut

Rhode Island

Maryland

Missouri

Delaware

Minnesota

Ohio

The injury on the job conclusion comes from researchers at San Diego State University, Bentley University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. They found the increase between 2006 and 2020 in workplace injuries to be “statistically significant” for workers between the age of 20 and 34. 

The study’s authors found a 12.9% jump in workplace injuries per 100 full time employees. And they blame it on pot use.

“Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that recreational marijuana impedes cognitive function and care among younger workers,” the authors said in their report. “This differs from older workers, for whom prior research uncovered a decline in workers’ compensation benefit receipt and non-traumatic injuries following RML adoption.”

The study authors included information on medical marijuana laws, decriminalization measures, macroeconomic conditions, substance use policies and maximum workers compensation benefits to come to their conclusions.

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