In a staggering revelation on SI.com
, National Football League sources expect about 1/3 of college prospects to have had some history with marijuana use.
One-Third. 33%. 1 in 3.
Imagine if the background checks on your applicants had those kind of numbers? Would you be forced to adjust the bar for a qualified applicants are expected to reach?
It looks as though many NFL teams are doing just that: lowering the bar. According to one unnamed league source in the SI.com article:
[i]"Marijuana use is almost epidemic, with more guys having tested positive for marijuana at some point in their college background than I can ever remember,'' said a longtime team personnel man. "It's almost as if we are having to figure out a new way to evaluate it as part of the character and background report, because it's so prevalent. There're enough instances of it that it's hard to know how to set your board. You can't throw out that many guys. You have to go case-by-case and do your homework on them.''[/i]
With states in the US looking at the possibility of legalizing the drug (California could legalize marijuana), public opinion of the drug may begin to change.
Will the opinion of your company change?
Jesse Ventura was on a local news TV station this weekend and he said "Beer is to Baseball as Marijuana is to rock music". I don't necessarily agree with this, but the fact is many people look at marijuana use as a part of life and don't see it as a legal issue. They believe it is a perception problem that the so-called "war on drugs" created. That perception - in their minds - has influenced employers when hiring employees because they see "illegal drug use". Those in favor of legalizing the drug that, in theory, "alcohol is more dangerous than pot, but looked at as an acceptable practice" (most of the time, anyway).
It's a cultural thing. Is our culture changing? Is your company policy changing?