COLUMBUS, Ohio—An Ohio chemical dependency counselor had a message about medical marijuana for manufacturing officials at the Environmental Health and Safety Summit: "We are definitely headed into uncharted territory."
In Ohio, you can't smoke medical marijuana, but you can vape. And Ruth Bowdish said employees could be vaping in your factory right now, using either medical pot or recreational weed, and you won't even know it.
"A lot of times when we think about marijuana, especially on the job, we also associate it with that very strong and skunky odor. And when I do reasonable suspicion training for employers, one of the things that I tell them to look for is that odor," Bowdish said. "Well, sorry, guys, the game has changed because now the electronic or liquid marijuana, you can get it in a variety of flavors."
The old days are over—both in today's pot with much higher THC and the way it's smoked.