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The Pot Calling The Kettle Dude

By Art van Bodegraven | 01/03/2016 | 2:50 PM

It's apparently only a matter of time for Ohio to join Colorado and Washington, among others, as a pot and pothead-friendly venue. Kettle might, I suppose, also refer to the snack foods brand.

In an age of both talent shortages in the job market and a rather stunning inability of applicants to survive drug screening, employers are assuming a trembling fetal position - in the supply chain and in other industries. Putting aside the indifference, and occasional enthusiasm, in Washington, DC for national acceptance of legalizing the illegal, senior excutives really want to know how they are going to maintain quality and performance in their workforces.

The short answer, at least for the near term, is that nothing changes to diminish their rights. Good news.

Even if and when smokin' weed is recreationally legal, employers may still prohibit off-duty usage. And, on-duty use will remain grounds for uncontestable termination. Even approved medical use will not demand employer accommodation. So a drug-free environment will still be both reasonable and a benefit for the cost involved in workers' comp premiums.

We are still some distance from Big Brother's PC Police enforcing requirements for employers to hire stoners and sit back while the befogged try once again to go one toke over the line.


Apologia:  Last Sunday's blog may have confused some.  I do know that Purple Rain is Prince, and Purple Haze is Jimi Hendrix.  But, I suffered a transient bout of musical dyslexia.  Perhaps I was purpled out.  I'd been contemplating using Deep Purple by either Artie Shaw or Screamin' Jay Hawkins, when my mind wandered to the era in which there was huge popular sentiment in Evanston, Illinois to rename Northwestern's athletic teams the Purple Haze.  Oh, well.  Early onset, I suppose.



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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