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Where There’s Smoke: How Employers Can Navigate Employees’ Cannabis Use

The Canadian Cannabis Survey (CCS) has revealed that 5 percent of people surveyed who used cannabis in 2018/2019 reported consuming it at least once a week during work or in the morning before, while 12 percent said they did so at least once a month. With this information in mind, employers are able to navigate the increasing number of employment and labour disputes involving cannabis use and safety-sensitive work environments. It is important for drug use policies to announce the employer’s willingness to support consumers with medical needs or a dependency and to allow for disclosure and reasonable evaluation procedures. In addition, employers should be cautious in questioning an employee’s prescription given the personal nature of such information.

 

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