Article by CBC News
Ed Secondiak thinks workplaces need to educate their employees on safety with regards to cannabis in light of increased use and pending legalization.
The former RCMP officer said the goal isn’t to punish people, but to be proactive to avoid unintended consequences of marijuana use, like workplace accidents.
“We’re not concerned about whether it’s illegal or legal. Our concerns more so are the impact on the workplace, in particular with safety,” said Secondiak, who is president of the occupational health company ECS Safety Services.
Medicinal marijuana use is on the rise and the federal government has promised legalization legislation.
In light of that, Secondiak said there can be confusion about who can smoke marijuana before work.
He said the rules around recreational pot use are no different than regulations on alcohol. The substances are different, but intoxication at work remains the same.