You found what in the staff room?
TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS ON HANDLING MARIJUANA USE IN THE WORKPLACE
BEFORE AND AFTER RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL
Clients often ask for guidance on what to do when some-thing
out of the ordinary happens in the workplace.
Questions regarding numerous marijuana-related work-place
issues have increased recently. Here are some tips on
how to handle them.
CONSIDER THIS SITUATION
Mary, one of your long-time employees comes to you and says she
found a vaporizer in the staff room. It was in a clear plastic bag
smelling strongly of marijuana and looked like it had been mistak-enly
left behind by someone. What do you do with the vaporizer?
How do you communicate about this “lost” item to employees in
the workplace? Is there anything else you need to do?
THE CURRENT LAW
It should be understood that prescribed medical marijuana is legal
in Canada and regulated by the Access to Cannabis for Medical
Purposes Regulation. At the moment, recreational marijuana is
illegal in all Canadian provinces and territories. On Oct. 17, 2018,
recreational marijuana will be legalized in Canada.
THE NEW LAW
The legislation permits adults 19 and over to purchase up to 30
grams of dried recreational cannabis at one time for personal use.
In Ontario, for now, it will only be available for purchase through
the Ontario Cannabis Store.
Adults would also be permitted to grow up to four plants per
residence for personal use.
By Patrizia Piccolo
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