For over 90 years, cannabis has been prohibited for consumption, sale and possession in Canada. This will all change on October 17th because of the Senate’s vote to pass Bill C-45 and legalize cannabis. One of the driving factors behind this decision was the development of a new industry in Canada that can create thousands of jobs and contribute billions of dollars to the Canadian economy. Additionally, regulating this industry through authorized retailers and a controlled distribution network can make it safer to consume cannabis. While there are certainly many benefits to legalizing cannabis, employers must be weary of the risks associated with cannabis use in the workplace. This is uncharted territory and creating an effective policy should be a leading priority for employers.
Workplace Challenges and Risks
According to a survey conducted by over 650 Human Resource Professionals Association members, the top concerns related to cannabis’ impact on the workplace are: absenteeism, decreased work performance, and Occupational Health & Safety risks