Manitoba Civil Servant Policy Says Booze OK, Marijuana Not, at Office Parties

Article by Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba civil servant policy says booze OK, marijuana not, at office parties. A five-page draft policy from Manitoba's civil service commission, to take effect once recreational pot is legal, says booze will still be OK at some functions, but pot won't be.Kevin King / Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun. A marijuana joint is rolled during the 4/20 event on the Manitoba Legislative Building grounds in Winnipeg on Fri., April 20, 2018. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

Manitoba civil servants will be able swig a beer at office parties, but smoking a joint will still be a no-no after recreational cannabis is legalized, says a draft policy obtained by The Canadian Press.

It’s an issue that many employers, both public and private, will have to deal with once marijuana becomes legal this year.

“Alcohol is ingrained in our ways of doing business. Marijuana isn’t,” said Sean MacDonald, who teaches business administration at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business

“Particularly within corporate Canada, there is still a long distance in terms of both education and cultural transformation before they’re going to view (alcohol and marijuana) on the same level.”

The five-page draft policy from Manitoba’s civil service commission, to take effect once recreational pot is legal, says booze will still be OK at some functions, but pot won’t be.

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