Is Medical Marijuana on The Job a Major Risk for Employers?

Article by Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen via Calgary Herald

Medical cannabis has been named among the top biggest legal risks for businesses in 2017, according to a report from Canada’s largest law firm.

In its annual report on key trends and regulatory changes, Borden Ladner Gervais predicts medical marijuana will have a major impact on businesses — such as the possibility of employees being stoned on the job. But that doesn’t mean employers should freak out about it — because overreacting is also a risk, said Rob Weir, a partner in the law firm.

“Employers think they will have employees stoned out of their minds. I think that’s an overreaction,” said Weir, who urges employers to look at the evidence.

For example, many users ingest medical marijuana in edible form and aren’t smoking it — so there’s no need to worry about providing smoking rooms for workers who use medical marijuana, as some have feared.

“It’s a risk to overreact,” said Weir. “That’s always a risk in law.”

He also feels there’s been an unreasonable amount of worrying about employees being “high” at work. It’s fair for employers to ask that workers who use prescription medication are able to do their jobs safely.

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