How Marijuana is Impacting Millennials
One striking difference between millennials and other generations is that millennials have witnessed change more quickly. They have also experienced the huge impact of activism on how new laws are shaped and they have accepted the changing status quo with open minds. The voice of the millennials has become so important that it’s almost impossible for the Federal Government to ignore them when it comes to pot reforms.
As more and more states are legalizing marijuana, it has been observed that millennials have largely been a vociferous supporter of this legalization and a majority of them think the pot policies need a complete overhaul. Studies have revealed that a healthy percentage of millennials believe marijuana to be a healthier alternative to alcohol. This is indicated by the recent slump in beer sales in the U.S. as the beer had always found a major market amongst the millennials earlier. Millennials believe that marijuana is a ‘gift’ to public health because it comes with therapeutic benefits.
The millennial generation is also of the opinion that marijuana should be allowed officially into professional sports so that athletes can use it as prescription drugs. This opinion is driven by their belief that marijuana can be a better solution to deal with sports injuries than harmful painkillers. Most millennials are active supporters of the growing opinion that the use of medical marijuana should not be regarded as a punishable offense anymore.
Most of the millennials also believe that federal lawmakers should change their prevailing outlook towards marijuana. They are even of the opinion that people detained in U.S. prisons for marijuana-related wrongdoings should be released with immediate effect.
Keeping all these in mind, a unanimous ‘pro-marijuana’ voice is fast making its presence felt among the millennials. They believe that, since marijuana is being legalized in more and more states now, the cannabis industry has a huge potential to generate new jobs in plenty. As a result, it is fast developing a huge potential to contribute to economic stimulation. Therefore, the need to keep marijuana underground no longer exists.
Although lawmakers seem to have ‘listened’ to some of these voices (to some extent at least!) by legalizing marijuana, it remains to be seen how far they can go towards recognizing the cannabis industry as a part of the national commerce.
How Can American Employers Adapt to it?
Marijuana always had an undeniable impact on recruiting even before Governments across the states started legalizing it for medical or recreational use. The issue only came to prominence (more so when millennial employees are involved) after marijuana was legalized by 8 states. Now it has been identified as a workforce challenge and employers are no longer in a position to ignore the issue. Some companies are all for enforcing a much stricter marijuana policy for employees who work with heavy/sophisticated equipment. But, adopting a more structured policy would serve the employers better – where the increasing impact on the workforce is pre-evaluated and difficult decisions are made well in advance.