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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do High!
Some marijuana users get high and then go to work. Sometimes they do it before every shift, sometimes only occasionally; sometimes on purpose, and sometimes it just works out that way. There are plenty of people out in the world building houses, waiting tables, writing computer code, managing retail stores, taking software support calls, etcetera, and etcetera, who are high.
Marijuana affects everyone a little differently, and different strains of marijuana will have variously different effects. Some strains will perk you up and help you concentrate. Some strains will flat out put you to sleep. With a combination of the right marijuana and the right job, stoned people can be very productive - sometimes much more so than when they are straight.
Most marijuana users will have some sort of code or set of rules in place in their head regarding when it is and is not acceptable to get high. 'Never before noon', 'only after dark', 'only on Friday', 'not around my parents', 'not before work', 'not if I have to drive' are some common examples. These "Guidelines for Acceptable Usage" are, of course, accompanied by the list of "Valid Exceptions", e.g. 'Any time on a national holiday, my birthday, Sundays during football season, or if I can't get to sleep'. Inevitably both the guidelines and the exceptions have a tendency to fluctuate somewhat depending on the immediate situation, usually in favor of getting high and not the other way around.
Then there is the third set of conditions, the list that contains the non-negotiable terms that marijuana users often set for themselves. 'Not when I drive', 'not around the kids', 'never, ever before work' might be on this list.
unlike alcoholics and serious drug addicts and even cigarette smokers that physically need what they need when they need it, 99% of marijuana users understand that there is a time and a place, and are able to act accordingly. Marijuana users are able to choose and decide when to get high and are not driven to do so by physiological needs. They can wait until after work – or at least until after the kids head off to school! They can have family time without marijuana now, and then alone or friend time with marijuana later. Marijuana fits into life but doesn’t dictate it.
A Marist College Institute Opinion Poll conducted in April 2017 shows that over half of the Americans over the age of eighteen have tried marijuana, and most of those use it regularly. As you look around the park, supermarket, movie theatre (especially the movie theatre), or even at work, you will probably see some stoned people.
Some professions and vocations are more disposed to being toiled at while high than others. Since the jazz cats of the 30s and 40s, through the beatniks of the 50s and the hippies of the 60s and 70s right up to today, many musicians and other creative souls have used marijuana, and in some cases have to some greater or lesser degree credited that use with the music they make. Many of today’s web designers and software developers find that writing code while high helps with focus and coming up with ideas. Advertising and marketing specialists, as well as graphic, floral and fashion designers may all find that a couple hits helps the process roll along smoothly.
The dulling effect of the repetitive nature of tasks in some jobs can sometimes be mellowed by just a tiny toke … or two. The food service industry, some phases of construction work, or assembly line work might fit into this category. And what about the people wielding the STOP/SLOW signs on the highway near construction? OMG! Eight hours of twisting a pole 180 degrees?
Of course there are a lot of variables that factor into a person’s decision to go to work high, prime among them whether or not the worker smokes pot at all! For those that do, their personal “Guidelines for Acceptable Usage”, as mentioned above, would come into play, averting many from ever going to work while high. As for the small percentage of the workforce that does smoke marijuana and whose personal “Guidelines for Acceptable Usage” do not preclude him/her from going to work high, they know what they’re doing. They know how much they can smoke and still do and keep their job. They know how to make sure that their clothes and their breath don’t reek of marijuana. They just know how to work high - probably been doing it for years.
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