The Cannabis Act (the Act) came into force on Oct. 17, 2018, creating a legal framework for the recreational use of marijuana. Its legalization does not provide employees with a right to use marijuana in the workplace and employers have the right to establish policies pertaining to the use and possession of the drug at work, especially regarding safety-sensitive positions. New and updated drug and alcohol policies should detail whether it is zero-tolerance and should outline the disciplinary process to be followed when an employee is suspected of acting in breach of the policy. It may also require employees to proactively disclose issues regarding drug or alcohol abuse, dependency and addiction.

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