Bay area tech workers have put the vast amount of San Jose's medical marijuana dispensaries to good use, according to a recent report from Bloomberg Businessweek.
San Jose is home to 106 marijuana clinics — four times more than San Francisco — and according to their mayor Chuck Reed, “many more than are necessary to meet the medical needs of our population.”
Local dispensary Palliative Health claims around 40 percent of their clients are tech workers. According to their assistant manager Ernie Arreola, “We’re seeing people from some semiconductors, lots of engineers, lots of programmers."
Marijuana use seems to be extremely common among tech workers due to their working conditions. Long hours sitting at a keyboard can cause back and wrist pain, cramped hands, and eye strain.
Companies such as Cisco, Google, and eBay would prefer their employees not use marijuana, although not many of them would go as far as screen potential hires for drugs simply due to the prevalence of marijuana use.
“The Silicon Valley data support recent news reports citing some employers who say they are having a hard time finding candidates that can pass the preemployment drug test,” said Barry Sample, director of science and technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions.