This article was originally published on The Fresh Toast and appears here with permission.

Even if it’s legal in your state, marijuana is still considered a dangerous drug on a federal level. So if you feel like speaking your truth, you have the right to do so, but there may be consequences.

With marijuana legalization spreading, talking about getting high has become more commonplace than taboo in many circles. When it comes to water cooler talk at work, however, cannabis conversations are still confusing to navigate. 

Some states have laws protecting employees’ off-the-clock marijuana usage, while others do not. Some jobs embrace marijuana legalization while others have HR policies that read as though recreational marijuana isn’t “a thing.” All this uncertainty likely has you wondering if and when you can freely talk to your coworkers about your marijuana use.

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Regardless of whether or not your company has specific marijuana policies, it is always best to understand the social climate of the office. Some workplaces promote the open and free spirit communication style of office behavior, while others are more tight lipped.

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One thing to consider when you are wondering if it is appropriate to bring up marijuana use is how “getting high” is considered amongst many employers in legal states, according to an article by the Health and Safety Institute (HSI). “There is a parallel with alcohol use here. It is legal for adults over the age of 21 to buy and enjoy alcoholic beverages, but companies still have …

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