Drug-Free WorkPlace Solutions


Drug-Free WorkPlace Solutions


Building a better workplace. One employee at a time.

Managing the responsibilities—and meeting the needs—of your employees demands

a constant commitment to creating a safe, effective and efficient workplace,

and addressing employee drug use is one of the toughest challenges. You need

commonsense policies, backed by proactive communication and employee involvement.

You can try to build that solution piece-by-piece, or you can look for a partner who

offers a completely integrated service that is easy to administer, comprehensive and


Introducing Drug-Free WorkPlace Solutions™

Building from the premise that a drug-free

workforce is a healthy one, Drug Free

Pennsylvania developed Drug-Free

WorkPlace Solutions, a comprehensive

service that provides Pennsylvania

employers with the most complete

and cost-effective solution available.

Drug-Free WorkPlace Solutions focuses on

giving you the tools you need to create

and sustain a workplace that is both free

of drug abuse, and empowered to support

employees facing addictions or other issues

that can affect workplace productivity.

For more information on Drug-Free WorkPlace Solutions, please visit www.drugfreesolutions.org.

Drug-Free WorkPlace Solutions






What is Marijuana?


Marijuana, the most often used illegal drug in this country, is a product of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana, also present in other forms of cannabis, is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Of the roughly 400 chemicals found in the cannabis plant, THC affects the brain the most. However, when oxidized or burned, marijuana yields some 2,000 chemicals. In the 1960s, the percentage of THC found in dried marijuana averaged between 3 and 7 percent. Marijuana plants are now genetically engineered to be much higher in THC, some up to 30 percent.

What are the street names/slang terms for Marijuana?


Aunt Mary, Boom, Chronic (Marijuana alone or with crack), Dope, Gangster, Ganja, Grass, Hash, Herb, Kif, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Weed, 420.

What does it look like?


Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). It is characterized by its distinctive seven-leafed configurations. Each leaf has serrated edges.

How is it used?


Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a “joint”. It can be smoked in a water pipe, called a “bong”, or mixed into food or brewed as tea. It has also appeared in cigars called “blunts”.

What are its short-term effects?


Short-term effects of marijuana include problems with memory and learning, distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch), trouble with thinking and problem solving, impaired short-term memory, slowed reaction times, blurred or double vision, loss of motor coordination, increased heart rate, and anxiety. These effects are even greater when other drugs are mixed with marijuana. A user may also experience dry mouth and throat and bloodshot eyes.

What are its long-term effects?


Marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.

What is its federal classification?


Schedule I



National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:


Marijuana Fact Sheet (PDF)



A business and a non-profit group, such as Drug Free Pennsylvania, can collaborate on cause-related marketing (CRM). It entails connecting a non-emblem profit’s to a business’s name, reputation, or line of goods or services. Both organizations stand to gain from this. Using CRM promote the company’s sales and raise money for Drug Free Pennsylvania.

Cone Roper studies suggest that cause-related marketing is beneficial for business:

According to 61% of customers, businesses should routinely engage in cause-related marketing.

Consumers who support a cause are more likely to have a favourable opinion of a company, according to 83% of respondents.
If price and quality are equal, 78 percent of adults said they would be more likely to purchase a product linked to a cause they support.