Article by Emily Fitzparick, CBC News
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is already working on a policy to deal with the impact that legalized marijuana could have in the workplace.
The federal government has promised to table legislation this spring but it could take much longer for the bill to be studied and eventually passed into law.
“This is coming at us now, this is going to happen, there is going to be legalization of marijuana,” said chamber CEO Janet Riopel.
“So this is something that has very much hit our radar, and especially in safety-sensitive workplaces, employers have said marijuana use is inconsistent with safe work places.”
The chamber represents 2,400 businesses, and Riopel said they’ve heard from a number of members who are concerned about what lies ahead.
“The two areas that we are hearing concerns about are employers rights,” Riopel said. “You know, to deal with an employee, and what kind of action are they able to take in the event of an impairment or [someone] under the influence of marijuana.
“Then, employers want to know what employees rights are. Because employees have a right to a safe working environment.”