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Almost 1 in 10 Americans Go to Work Stoned

A bud of marijuana sits on a laptop in a work place where 1 in 10 Americans go to work stoned.
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Almost 1 in 10 Americans Go to Work Stoned

It happens every morning. The piercing sound of the alarm clock starts going off, signaling the start another day. The snooze button becomes our new favorite thing and after slipping back to sleep a few times, the inevitable can no longer be denied — it’s time to get up. For some people, getting dressed, having breakfast and getting out of the door on time is a top priority. But there are others, who require another thing before they can truly be ready to head out: a quick smoke before work.

It’s a common scene in homes all over the United States and a new study conducted by Survey Monkey for Mashable confirms it. The group surveyed 534 adults about their use of various substances and according to the findings of their research, about 9.74 percent of Americans have gone to work high on pot. While the study may have included some participants from states like Washington and Colorado where adults can legally consume cannabis, 81 percent admitted to illegally purchasing marijuana.

Workplace policies set by the U.S. Department of Labor don’t require employers to drug test their employees, although private employers are allowed to test for substances if they feel compelled to do so. Despite commons myths, studies have shown that marijuana doesn’t make you stupid and smoking can produce a number of benefits from boosting moods to eliminating pain. Perhaps employers should consider how smoking might actually be helping their employees through an otherwise difficult day of work.

Do you smoke before work? Have you gone to work high before? Let us know in the comments.



  1. kathy

    October 14, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I have been a wake n bake for 40 years. Virtually every job I have ever had I have smoked with that first cup of coffee and on the way to work.

  2. the man

    September 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    smoke everyday…drive as a valet

  3. Amanda

    September 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    If you smoke everyday it’s hard not to go to work and be sober. I know that I have a temper and sometimes working with customers is so hard. Smoking before I go in and on break is like a breath of fresh air. I’ve been trying to quit cigarettes and it’s very difficult when you have little old Mary who wants to yell and scream at you because you ran out of her favorite black bear turkey. But I know that instead of that cigarette I have a little treat waiting for me in my car. Little old Mary is so bad after a little but of puff puff.

  4. Dave R

    September 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I smoke everyday on my way to work. I never have problems driving, but I notice that others on the road are crazy fucking people haha. My work ethic is through the roof and my company loves my enthusiasm. Otherwise they wouldn’t give me advances and pay me salary when the rest of the employees are just hourly. I work with animals and I know how cautious I must be to keep them safe as well as myself. I’m also going to school you become a veterinarian. I hope you people out there are alright with their pets’ doctor being a pothead. 🙂

  5. Karissa Salley

    September 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I smoke because I have chronic pain in my back, due to crushing 3 vertebrae in my back from a car accident.

    Marijuana takes away my pain not making me sick to my stomach like percosent does.

    II wake every morning, because I’m dying in the mornings. Smoking gets me going, takes the pain away, and gives me motivation to get things done. It has also helped in the past, at work, it helped me be more detailed. I had my own cleaning business. And I smoked on my way to the next house to clean. Not to brag, but my Co worker and I kicked ass!!

    FYI to the ignorant people out there, smoking weed will not cause you to have an accident. I’m fact most people are really careful and drive really well.
    I’m been doing it since 2004.

    (The accident that hurt my back, I had no weed on me, I had been out because I was outta state)

  6. gracie

    September 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I deal with people constantly and with so many different attitudes so me smoking before work allows me to be happy & calm at whatever the day throws at me. So if it helps then why not right!!!!!!!!

  7. Preston

    September 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I smoke before work quite regularly, and have found the old adage “a puff of keef makes a man string as 20 oxen in the field,” to be quite true. If i don’t smoke Myself into a stupor and only take one to two puffs, i find myself completely rejuvenated and a lot more able to perform the daily grind. Another reason i do this is because as a Rastaman, i like to ground myself and clear my mind from the impurities of the world with herb, especially before work because i find i have so much free pondering time while my body is busy.

    Everyone at work makes comments like “I’m happy, I’m just not Preston happy!” and i get a lot of comments on my customer service abilities, and while i know those shouldn’t be entirely contributed to cannabis, i do believe they are characteristics enhanced in most people by herb smoking. I think it can help many become better employees, but only if they’re smart about it and aren’t smoking themselves into a comma everyday before work

  8. Thomas j Briody

    September 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Rock on. With that study I work on a construction. Job and I coutd round. Up 10 Radom guys every one would test positive for weed so and my 10 guys would also and so would I so don’t know how much validity that study has ….. smoke on America
    Sincerely THOMAS J BRIODY

  9. Cindy A. Hill

    September 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Every day I would smoke before work. Just enough to make me less cranky. Wish M y coworkers had done the same. while I was going for treatment for type c hepatitis. I used edibles all day and work to curb to nausea so I could work. I work very closely with some people who were college educatedI would come up with ideas to solve problems and they were good ones. having the creative part of your brain open is a good thing. yes there were a few times I overdid it and had to go homebut very few

  10. Tina

    September 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Hahaha I go to work high all the time!!!

    • Karissa Salley

      September 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Woo hoo sista!! ✋

  11. Mo

    September 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

    If I have it then I must smoke a bowl before work. It puts me in a good mood. May be a little slow at the start of my shift but I’m feeling good.

  12. matt

    September 22, 2014 at 6:39 am

    i go to work everyday stoned.. im a bobcat operator and too me bejng stoned makes me work harder and faster

  13. mark dutter

    September 22, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Let me start by saying that YES, I SMOKE EVERY DAY BEFORE WORK. I have had 2 a.c.l. replacements& I also have add & adhd. It has helped me w/ pain & it helps calm me down to focus on the job at hand. I am around police constantly, sometimes a few times a day or even in the middle of the night.just like anything else/ moderation is key when smoking! (common sense isn’t common)
    some things aint for everybody. But it works for me. Its natural. And it’s a lot better than all the pharmaceuticals that I’ve taken for years dealing with ADD & ADHD. so it is better than these pharmaceutical companies getting money for a product that doesn’t even work. But buying marijuana… Is my money really going to the Taliban?

  14. Pablo Bonilla

    September 22, 2014 at 5:06 am


  15. ed

    September 22, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Hell yea smoke before work and during its the only way to get thru a day for me personally

    • deb goff

      October 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      the older people come in and bug the shit out of me. i have (want) to smoke on the way to work (alot) and on my break and on the way home. i have to smoke in order to not hurt these people. it helps alot. has worked so far hope it continues.

  16. Chris R

    September 22, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Yes i do. It helps me with pain also keeps me from being to moody. It works and i do a great job. No comlaints.

  17. Ian Cowles

    September 22, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Of course! However, there are some jobs that you shouldn’t be…. “scalpel”, “green or blue wire?”

  18. Rolo

    September 22, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Yes I go to work high sometimes it’s actually kind of relaxing to be able to clear my mind and just work, but ssssssshhhhhhh don’t tell my wife… Lol

  19. Melanie

    September 22, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I go to work after a couple of cones, gives me motivation and an appetite to have breakfast early in the morning

  20. Jennifer Johnson

    September 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Nothing starts the day better than a cup of coffee n a a bowl!

  21. w

    September 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Cuando voy a trabajar y e fumado un poco de canabis soy más productivo de y mi estado de ánimo es perfecto.

    • w

      September 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      I love to go stone before the Work do my Word better and never been feel bad i have peace and do my Work perfec .

  22. Hannah

    September 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Haha only once did I ever go to work baked and it was the best shift i ever had

  23. Jakeob

    September 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    one time I got so high, I forgot I had work, so when I got a call from my manager wondering where I was, I immediately hopped in the car and went to work, where I pushed carts untill I wasn’t so messed up, thank God for my stoner manager

  24. Mandy

    September 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I get high before work but there is a thing of being to high for work and so you do need to know what you can smoke before you go to work or you will make an ass out of yourself:)

  25. rob m.

    September 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I’m a licensed massage therapist and I smoke a joint regularly before work and before the gym…helps tremendously!

  26. dee

    September 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Yes i smoke before work all the time

  27. Charles Antoine

    September 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    i’m 17 years old, from canada, and i smoke pot every time i go to work

  28. Ooeey Magoeey

    September 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Going high to work is only good if you enjoy the job that you have tedious and repetitive jobs would be horrible. It will feel like you are there longer, at least in my case working out for a specific amount of time is very unpleasant as it feels like time is moving at a snails pace. If you’re not a long time user it’s just going to make you paranoid as fuck, you are just going to be worried about if people think you are high. The likelihood of someone asking “are you ok?” increases ten fold, because you become more pensive and not as impulsive as everyone else that is sober.

  29. Jr

    September 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I have to just start my day a GOOD DAY!…lmfao

  30. Richard

    September 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Hundreds and hundreds of times. I drove a concrete mixer and worked 10-12 hours a day. The results? No tickets No accidents in my 23 year career.

  31. Mary

    September 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I work early morning shifts, so I wake & bake every morning before heading out to work. It makes my day be a good one.

  32. Carlos Morales

    September 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm


  33. Carlos Morales

    September 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    All the due if I’m not high I can’t function! I go to night school high. Igo to work in the morning high!
    I stay high 🙂

  34. Nancy

    September 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Can’t function at work without it.

  35. Blake Eschete

    September 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Every day! Alarm goes off first time, I roll one, smoke, lay back down till my second alarm, then it’s time to roll one more and head out.

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