The government has announced that recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. What does this mean in the context of the workplace? The legalization of cannabis does not change the fact that cannabis use before or during working hours will cause you to be unfit for work and is particularly dangerous for workers in safety-sensitive positions. Cannabis use, whether recreational or medically authorized affects a wide range of job functions especially where alertness and ability to react swiftly to unexpected situations is needed.
Many companies are in the process of reviewing their Alcohol and Drug Policies and Procedures, working on adjustments to accommodate the upcoming legislation. It will be critical to educate your workers on company expectations regarding cannabis use and any new or revised testing procedures. You can get this information out to your staff quickly and cost-effectively using Corridor’s Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace online training programs, which now include a module focused on cannabis.