So I saw this piece on Illinois legalizing marijuana and what the repercussions might be around the office! Made me think of back in the old days when I was working at WXRT. My budding Scott McConnell did mornings and about twice a month we had staff meetings that were held around noon. So he had to wait around and I had to come in early and we both found these meetings very tedious and boring. Most staff meetings can be a bit over the top (at least the ones here at the River they serve lunch). So we’d go out in the back parking lot (an enclosed fenced in area) and have a smoke to ease the pain of what we knew was coming. When I say a smoke I’m not speaking of a conventional smoke. After a few weeks management became aware and instituted a 500 foot rule. No Smoking Within 500 Feet of The Station. So we now had to walk down the alley toward Cicero if we wanted to part take. One day we ended up walking all the way to Cicero and discovered a bar across the street called The Bucket O Suds which later became legendary as the XRT bar. These and many other stories available in my book: “Doin The Cruise” Memories From a Lifetime in Radio and Rock n Roll. But I digress: Here’s a taste of Lisa Schencker’s Trib. article. Very interesting:
The prospect of marijuana legalization might inspire visions of weed-smoking breaks at work, or grabbing a joint with co-workers after a hectic day at the office. But the reality of legalization in Illinois, if it happens at all, would likely be much hazier. Some employers might start turning a blind eye to employee use — as long as workers can still do their jobs — a trend that’s already happening in some other states where it’s legal. Other employers, however, might still ban its use, taking action against employees who test positive for pot, bolstered by federal law under which marijuana is still illegal, experts say. What is clear is that employers will be faced with questions that, a generation ago, would have been unthinkable. “Every employer is going to have to consider how they want to deal with this in their workplace,” said Bryna Dahlin, a Chicago cannabis attorney.
So will ya be able to go out and have a smoke or not if pot is legalized here in Illinois? Hmmmmm!!