Tech Workers Fuel San Jose Medical Marijuana Scene, Employers Give Up on Drug Screening

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It was only a few years ago that spooked-out city leaders in San Jose declared that medical marijuana dispensaries had taken over their town. Today, there are still more than 100 dispensaries in the South Bay city, many more than are in San Francisco and the East Bay combined. And they're thriving, with no small thanks to the ever-burgeoning technology industry.

Dispensaries big and small do fine business within smoking distance of some of high-tech's biggest names, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. And while most firms have strict policies against drug use -- all drug use -- coders with cramped wrists make up to 40 percent of some dispensaries' patient bases. Maybe that's why the likes of Adobe, Cisco. and others have given up on pre-employment drug screening -- it's too hard to find someone who is clean.

In many ways, it makes nothing but sense: Silicon Valley is the region's employment hub, with some of the biggest companies headquartered there. So there's a steady stream of commuter traffic, and some of it is coming from places like San Mateo County, where there are no medical cannabis dispensaries.

There may be a culture of cannabis use among technology workers -- just as there may be among bus drivers, schoolteachers and police officers -- and while the practice isn't officially condoned by employers, they're also waving the white flag. Cisco and Adobe have stopped pre-employment drug screening, Bloomberg reported, and this is a growing trend elsewhere, according to Barry Sample, director of science and technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions.

Not everyone is thrilled about this. San Jose's estimated 106 medical marijuana clubs are "many more than are necessary to meet the medical needs of our population," according to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. That's probably the point -- commuters are being served by the dispensaries in San Jose, and the additional dispensaries in Santa Clara, where for a time some of the region's largest dispensaries operated.

You may also recall that San Jose briefly flirted with the idea of banning dispensaries, shortly after the city decided it was much better to tax them. Perhaps there is the lesson: Productivity rules everything around us, and if the cash and code are flowing, there's no need to stop it.


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aaron.kennedy65
aaron.kennedy65

Haha.... Michael is a Punk and got what he had coming...

Having said that - almost 20 years ago, when I worked in the Financial District for years, I remember "Vietnam Tom" walking very fast up and down Market Street Screaming obscenities at all the "Yuppies." He was Completely Fit and Buff - quite intimidating. "What You Looking At..?" was one of His Favorite Lines, even complete Profanity, Yelled right in Suited People's Faces...

A young Handsome, But Off-his-rocker "Epic Beard Man," Shirtless, on even Cold winter Days, "Tom" has been a presence for quite a while. I was surprised and NOT to see that the original incident included Him.

Michael started trouble with a Guy who was actually willing to fight.. Ooops.  Michael seems to have not considered that possibility because he was screaming like a Girl after getting Hit. Proves that He was a coward, and was just posing...

EBM gave a Rightly-desereved Smackdown. I'd do the same.

aaron.kennedy65
aaron.kennedy65

Haha.... Michael is a Punk and got what he had coming...

Having said that - almost 20 years ago, when I worked in the Financial District for years, I remember "Vietnam Tom" walking very fast up and down Market Street Screaming obscenities at all the "Yuppies." He was Completely Fit and Buff - quite intimidating. "What You Looking At..?" was one of His Favorite Lines, even complete Profanity, Yelled right in Suited People's Faces...

A young Handsome, But Off-his-rocker "Epic Beard Man," Shirtless, on even Cold winter Days, "Tom" has been a presence for quite a while. I was surprised and NOT to see that the original incident included Him.

Michael started trouble with a Guy who was actually willing to fight.. Ooops.  Michael seems to have not considered that possibility because he was screaming like a Girl after getting Hit. Proves that He was a coward, and was just posing...

EBM gave a Rightly-desereved Smackdown. I'd do the same.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

And they have so much disposable income, they keep the prices so high that the indigent, very ill and dying patients CAN'T AFFORD ANY.  And because the taxes, fees, and other revenues imposed on dispensaries means they have no spare weed to help out, LIKE THEY USED TO, thanks for fucking up what used to be a great place to live, with compassion for others.  Brownie Mary would slap down a lot of folks if she were around!

capt_cannabis
capt_cannabis

I won't even apply to a company that screens. It's none of their damned business if I light up in the evening.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

The best employees -- drug users or not -- simply refuse to jump through hoops like this.  Then again, the best employees would never consider working for companies with zero cachet like Adobe or Cisco in the first place, so I guess that's a moot point.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

Seems like you need the same treatment, Aaboy.  FYI, I've been a patient in SF for over a decade, and have seen the closure of the clubs that were the most generous to the indigent.  the high taxes and fees put on the clubs means that those costs must be passed on to the patients.  Can you name a club that gives away pot, and if so, how much and to whom?  I, and many other REAL patients, CAN'T AFFORD WEED.  So maybe if you deal with your rectocranial impaction, you will see how much crap you right.   And you'd scream like a girl is a Pomeranian barked at you. 

aaron.kennedy65
aaron.kennedy65

@elizabethfrantes wrong. Most dispensaries have lower grade available at a much lower price than the top-shelf varieties. Some even distribute free or almost-free "leaf" to those in need with proper paperwork. I know some caregivers that donate some of their Flowers or extract to those in Medical Need without funds transfered.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

No, I am not.  Lower grade is still far too expensive for the poorest, and the "Leaf" they give away to a selected few is often contaminated and really hard on the throat.  It used to be that there was enough to share, but not now.  Some caregivers may give some away, but look at how few people actually get any.  The people I know who get free weed from caregivers are those "in the system" and in no need of free weed.   You can't be a real patient, and your assertions are about as incorrect as can be. 

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