Considering that marijuana is still illegal according to the federal government, you'd think that would mean people who work in Washington D.C would be less likely to use cannabis. But according to a new study, not only do people in government use marijuana, but they actually do so at a greater rate than the general public!
The Consumer Research Around Cannabis recently conducted a study in Washington D.C and its surrounding areas regarding marijuana use. According to their results, about 8 percent of people in those areas purchased cannabis from a legal dispensary. But when they limited those results to only people in government, that number went up to 11 percent. That means about 1 in 10 people who work for the government are also marijuana users. In fact, about one out of every six marijuana purchasers in and around Washington D.C are government employees.
The survey also found that 88 percent of people who admitted to using marijuana in or around Washington D.C are employed, which is greater than the employment rate in the city overall.
While many employees in the federal government are required to undergo drug testing as part of their jobs, respondents in the survey who used marijuana said they were not required for their positions.
Regardless of whether or not they used marijuana, most government employees held much more progressive views on marijuana than politicians. 41 percent of employees said they believe marijuana should be completely legal, with only 11 percent saying it should remain illegal in all circumstances.
This survey does show the complete disconnect between politicians and government employees. When we say the federal government is keeping marijuana illegal, what we really mean is Congress is keeping it illegal. It seems if the rank-and-file of the government were in charge of policy, things would be a lot more reasonable.
(h/t Cannabiz Daily)