Drug testing at work could get a whole lot more complicated with the looming legalization of marijuana.
About 150 Alberta businesses have signed up for an Edmonton conference that will provide tools and strategies around drug testing and other work-related marijuana issues, as workers and employers spar over safety concerns and human rights violations.
“I get employees who reach out to me on a pretty consistent basis looking for information so they can understand their rights and responsibilities on the issue,” said Cannabis at Work Founder and CEO Alison McMahon, who will run the March 10 conference.
“There are a lot of employers who don’t seem to understand their responsibilities around accommodating on the human rights side, and they are firing people or suggesting to them that they should go on other medications.”
McMahon also runs the Edmonton chapter of Women Grow, a group that supports female entrepreneurs in the cannabis sector.
She said one of the key issues in the workplace is that there is no test to measure active impairment, since marijuana stays in a person’s system so much longer than alcohol.