DENVER – Little Spider Creations had been making scary creations in Denver for 24 years, but the owner of the company says legalizing recreational marijuana changed everything. He recently moved his company to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Marc Brawner, the owner, says too many employees were coming in high after the drug was legalized for recreational use in 2012. He was firing too many people and made the decision to move.
Little Spider Creations builds custom props and sets for haunted houses, museums and amusement parks. The company had 47 full-time employees in Colorado.
"The main reason we pulled out was because of marijuana, " Brawner said. "Marijuana got into our industry. Half of the sculptors will come in high. As soon as we'd catch it, they'd be let go. We went through 25 sculptors. Only five of [our sculptors] either were quality or would show up unimpaired."
Brawner says you could definitely see the difference in employees' work when they were high. He says they were just not as productive and had an "it's-good-enough" attitude.
The Colorado native says it was a difficult decision to move his family and his company. But he says he didn't see things changing, and the pot use was the final straw.
A spokesperson for Mountain State Employers said Little Spider Creations was the first company they have heard of that moved out of state because of legal marijuana.
The Colorado-based employment service takes several calls from employers asking for advice on what to do if an employee comes into work high.
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