Too many high employees prompts company to leave Colorado​

Too many high employees prompts company to leave Colorado

Jen Marnowski, KUSA 7:45 p.m. MDT April 23, 2015

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. Now, he’s moved his company to South Carolina.

Marc Brawner, the company’s owner, says since Colorado legalized marijuana, too many employees were coming in high. He was firing too many people, and he made the decision to move to North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“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, and he says they were just not as productive and had an “it’s good enough” attitude.

Brawner says it was a difficult decision to move his family and his company. He’s a native Coloradan, and the company had 47 full-time employees. But he says he didn’t see things changing, and the pot use was the final straw.

9NEWS reached out to Mountain State Employers to see if any other companies are seeing their workforce impacted by the legalization of pot. They have not returned 9NEWS’ call at the publishing of this article.

Little Spider Creations builds custom props and sets for haunted houses, museums and amusement parks.

9NEWS talked to the folks at Mountain State Employers and this is the first they’ve heard of a company actually moving out of state because of legal marijuana.

Workers at Mountain State say they do take a lot of calls from employers asking for advice on what to do if an employee comes into work high.